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Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

More Sports / Judo Mar 20, 2019

Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

In a nod to one of cinema's most powerful monsters, the Japan national judo team has adopted "Godzilla Japan" as its official nickname, the All Japan Judo Federation announced Tuesday. In unveiling the new name, along with a logo designed in partnership with Toho Co., ...

Knee injury sidelines 100-kg world champ Aaron Wolf

More Sports / Judo Jan 19, 2018

Knee injury sidelines 100-kg world champ Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf will skip next month's Grand Slam judo competition in Paris due to a left knee injury, the All Japan Judo Federation said Friday. Wolf, the reigning 100-kg division world champion, will not compete at the two-day meet that begins on Feb. 10, after ...

Yamashita named new All Japan Judo Federation president

More Sports / Judo Jun 23, 2017

Yamashita named new All Japan Judo Federation president

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the men’s open-weight category gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was appointed as the new president of the All Japan Judo Federation on Friday. Yamashita replaces 71-year-old Shoji Muneoka following voting from new board members selected the same day. The 60-year-old ...

More Sports / Judo May 26, 2017

Yamashita to become next AJJF chairman

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the men's open-weight category gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, is set to be appointed as the next chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, sources said Friday. The 59-year-old Yamashita will lead the federation forward toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ...

More Sports / Judo Apr 6, 2017

Baker to miss judo worlds due to shoulder injury

Mashu Baker told the All Japan Judo Federation he will sit out this summer's world championships, a source said Thursday. Baker, who won the men's 90-kg gold at the Rio Olympics last summer, dislocated his right shoulder on Sunday at the national invitational weight ...

More Sports / Judo Feb 17, 2017

Tsunoda, Minei to skip European Judo Open due to injuries

Natsumi Tsunoda, the 52-kg silver medalist at the Paris Grand Slam earlier this month, and 63-kg wrestler Miho Minei will miss this weekend's European Judo Open due to injury, the All Japan Judo Federation said Friday. Tsunoda and Minei were both hurt at the Paris ...

Ojitani captures national title;  Harasawa earns Rio berth

More Sports / Judo Apr 29, 2016

Ojitani captures national title; Harasawa earns Rio berth

Takeshi Ojitani captured his second open-weight National Judo Championship on Friday, while beaten semifinalist Hisayoshi Harasawa was chosen for the over-100-kg division for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ojitani, 23, won his first title against 26-year-old Daiki Kamikawa two years ago and was triumphant ...

More Sports / Judo Aug 6, 2013

New judo chief to be chosen next week

The All Japan Judo Federation said Tuesday it will select its new chairman at an extraordinary board meeting next week. Chairman Haruki Uemura last week announced his intention to resign by the end of the month to take responsibility for the physical abuse of coaches ...

Judo chief to quit early over abuse, fund fiasco

National Jul 30, 2013

Judo chief to quit early over abuse, fund fiasco

All Japan Judo Federation Chairman Haruki Uemura announced during an extraordinary board meeting Tuesday that he will resign in August over the physical abuse meted out by coaches and the misuse of funds. Vice Chairmen Hiroaki Fujita and Nobuyuki Sato, Secretary-General Koshi Onozawa and chief ...