Jonathan Barrett

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Judo gives Japan a soft-power boost in the Pacific

National Aug 13, 2019

Judo gives Japan a soft-power boost in the Pacific

In a large church hall near the Samoan parliament, 175-kg judo practitioner Derek Sua is being thrown to the mat by his Japanese coach, a black-belt who is a third his size. Sua welcomes the training, usually difficult for athletes in Pacific Ocean islands to ...