Mar 15, 2013

Tanabe to be named women's judo head coach

Masaru Tanabe, the acting head coach of the Japanese women’s judo team, will be promoted to the job on a full-time basis, the All Japan Judo Federation said Thursday. The appointment of the 40-year-old Tanabe will be ratified at the federation’s board meeting on ...

Judo scandal casts doubt on Olympic bid

| Feb 17, 2013

Judo scandal casts doubt on Olympic bid

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News stories don’t exist in a vacuum. What often makes them “news” is a confluence of factors that provide a context of interest. Though the public thinks the current story about 15 female judo athletes (jūdōka) demanding fundamental changes to the way the national ...

Feb 2, 2013

Women's judo coach resigns over abuse of athletes

Ryuji Sonoda, head coach of the national women’s judo team, submitted his letter of resignation Friday to the All Japan Judo Federation to take responsibility for physically abusing team members during practice. The federation initially had planned to simply reprimand Sonoda and retain him ...

Feb 1, 2013

End the abuse of athletes

Fifteen of Japan's top female judo athletes, including Olympic contenders, should be praised for standing up against coaching violence and harassment.

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Feb 1, 2013

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Women’s judo coach Ryuji Sonoda announced Thursday that he plans to resign in light of allegations that he physically abused members of the Olympic team during training. “It will be difficult for me to go any further with the training of the team,” Sonoda ...