May 1, 2014

Judo coach guilty of hurting boy

The Nagano District Court has found a former judo coach guilty of inflicting a serious brain injury upon a student after a lay panel overturned an initial decision by prosecutors not to indict him. Takeshige Kojima, who faced a suspended one-year prison term, threw ...

Cote d'Ivoire throws 'Abe Cup' for visiting leader

/ Jan 12, 2014

Cote d'Ivoire throws 'Abe Cup' for visiting leader

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watched the team final of a judo tournament named in his honor in the Cote d’Ivoire city of Abidjan on Saturday. “I was impressed to know that Japan-originated judo is loved by all of you,” Abe said in an address. ...

Aug 29, 2013

Railway's answer to cheating, combative rider: judo flip

A Keikyu Line railway employee handed a violent passenger a surprise earlier this week at Yokohama Station by flipping him with a judo throw after the man punched her, the Kanagawa Prefectural Police said. Hiroshi Ebina, 34, an unemployed Yokohama man, allegedly hit the ...

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

/ Jun 25, 2013

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Haruki Uemura, the beleaguered chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, hinted Monday he is willing to step down from his post in the coming months after the completion of his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body. “I stated in my opening remarks to ...

/ 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


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 ...