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., ...

Abe aims high at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 24, 2017

Abe aims high at world championships

Hifumi Abe said Thursday he hopes to take a first step toward a coveted Olympic gold as he looks to shake off not being selected for the Rio Olympics by becoming the 66-kg world judo champion. Speaking to reporters at Narita airport before heading to ...

More Sports / Judo Nov 12, 2016

Former judo world champ Muneta plans to retire

Yasuyuki Muneta, the winner of the 2003 judo world championships in the men's over 100-kilogram class, is set to retire and move into a coaching role, a source said Saturday. The 35-year-old stood at just 170 cm but was a mainstay in heavyweight divisions alongside ...

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

More Sports / Judo Jul 31, 2016

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Japan's judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women's 57-kg weight class. Japan's supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with one ...