Sep 14, 2016

Judo group hails Polish parliament scuffle throw

A run-of-the-mill press conference at Poland’s parliament this week took an unexpected turn when a scuffle broke out and — to the delight of social media — ended with a judo move. “Minimum effort — maximum effect,” the Polish Judo Association tweeted after a ...

Aug 17, 2016

Japanese youth volunteers arrive in Phnom Penh to coach judo

A group of youth volunteers dispatched to Cambodia by the Japanese government to coach judo arrived in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday. The university students, from Tokyo and Nara Prefecture, were accompanied by team leader Gotaro Ogawa, a former Japanese ambassador to Cambodia ...

Judoka Harasawa takes Olympic silver, Yamabe bronze

Aug 13, 2016

Judoka Harasawa takes Olympic silver, Yamabe bronze

Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa had to settle for the silver medal after falling to London Olympic champion Teddy Riner of France on penalties in the men’s over 100-kg class on the final day of the judo competition at the Rio Olympics on Friday. In the ...

Japan sweeps judo middleweight golds at Rio

Aug 11, 2016

Japan sweeps judo middleweight golds at Rio

Japan swept the judo gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, taking the top spot in both men’s and women’s middleweight divisions. Haruka Tachimoto struck gold first by defeating triple world champion Yuri Alvear in the women’s 70-kg division. Despite being ...

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Aug 31, 2015

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, ...

Aug 29, 2015

Three-time judo Olympic champ Nomura exits final tournament of career

Retiring three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura bowed out of his final tournament on Saturday, losing in the third round of the All-Japan Corporate Individual Championship. The 40-year-old, who on Monday announced he is retiring afterward, was knocked out after winning his first ...

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

May 10, 2014

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

The five-year sentence for two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba for raping a woman in 2011 has been finalized by the Supreme Court. Uchishiba’s prison term was finalized Friday after the top court rejected his objection to its April 23 decision to uphold lower ...