Sports Competition Reports
The 31st Empress’s Cup All-Japan Women’s Judo Championships
All-Japan Judo Championships 2016
Seiko has served as an official sponsor of the All Japan Judo Federation since the 1990s and has supported competitions by providing a specially developed Judo timer since 2005.
The Men’s and Women’s Japanese Championships were held back-to-back this April.
Both competitions were also qualification tournaments for the upcoming Olympics games this summer for the heaviest weight class.
In Judo, only players ranked high internationally are potential qualifiers. The qualifier was decided based on the compiled results from all of the competitions.
The Empress’s Cup All-Japan Women’s Judo Championships, the competition for women, was held at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium on April 17.
Two potential qualifiers smoothly subdued their competitors and were matched in the finals.
As a result, Kanae Yamabe beat Megumi Tachimoto by an ippon from Sumi Otoshi to Yoko-Shiho-Gatame and was settled as a qualifier for the over-78 kg category.
The All-Japan Judo Championships, the competition for men, was held at Nippon Budokan on April 29.
This, a traditional championship competition started in 1948, is the sole opportunity to determine the strongest judoka of the year in the open-weight division with no age limit.
Both Ryu Shichinohe and Hisayoshi Harasawa, the potential qualifiers, were beaten in the semifinals and tied for third place. Hisayoshi Harasawa still qualified for the Olympics, based on his recent performance in international competition.
The same players from the year before last were matched in the finals. Takeshi Ojitani beat Daiki Kamikawa by a combination of two Waza-aris, Osoto Gari and Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi. This was his second victory after a lapse of 2 years.