All Japan Judo Federation: Appoint women to your Board
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All Japan Judo Federation: Appoint women to your Board

    1. Maruta Chika
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      Maruta Chika

      Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japon

15 elite female judoka have courageously stood up to the All Japan Judo Federation to call for reform after being physically and mentally abused by their Olympics coach last year. It’s clear the abuse was the result of a pervasive culture of sexism that is also reflected in the Federation’s leadership: the Federation’s board consists of 26 men and no women.

Nobuyoshi Tsujiguchi, the lawyer representing the 15 judoka, spoke at a press conference, said that his clients “long for a more democratic and open world of judo. Not a single one of the Federation’s board members are women. Viewed from a global standard, it’s absolutely ridiculous.” He called for women to be appointed to the Federation’s board.

The International Olympic Committee put forth a goal in 2005 that all sports association’s board members be composed of 20% women. Japan lags far behind on women representation in leadership positions overall, and the world of martial arts has been particularly resistant to change.

In March, the International Olympics Committee will visit Tokyo as part of the city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. We ask that the Federation listen to these 15 brave judoka and engage in fundamental reforms before this visit. An important step is to appoint women to the board to meet this global 20% standard.

With the media focused intently on the Federation’s actions, now is the time for us to push the Federation to fundamentally change its culture and approach so that the abuse these women suffered is never repeated.

Only then will Japan be truly worthy of hosting the 2020 Olympics.



Japanese women’s judo coach resigns (February 1, 2013)

Japanese female judo athletes make complaint to Olympic committee after coach 'slapped and hit them with bamboo swords' in run-up to London 2012 (February 4, 2013)

Abused judoka won’t stop at one resignation, lawyer warns (February 5, 2013)

Signatures récentes


    1. Petition Delivered!

      Maruta Chika
      Organisateur de la pétition

      Last week, the AJJF announced to establish a third-party advisory committee to verify the abuses and provide advice for the organization reform. The committee members include Mr. Haruo Kasama, a former prosecutor general, Mr. Kozo Tashima, VP of Japan Football Association, Ms. Rika Kayama, professor of psychiatry, Mr. Pierre Flamand, former judoka of French national team and currently a judo coach at Keio University judo coach, and Ms. Yuko Takahashi, a karate expert.

      The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, March 1, and March 8 before submitting recommendations to the AJJF.

      Today, I was able to meet with the head of the committee, Mr. Kasama, and handed over a petition of over 1400 signatures along with your comments.

      Photos are available:

    2. 50 signatures récoltées
    3. New Statement Released by All Japan Judo Federation

      Maruta Chika
      Organisateur de la pétition

      President of All Japan Judo Federation, Mr. Uemura, released a statement yesterday, offering apology for the scandal, abuse and harassment conducted by the former women’s coach.
      In the statement, Mr. Uemura reflected the federation’s lack of a sense on the issue and admitted its bungled handling.
      He also addresses that the current board has decided to set up a third-party investigating committee immediately and expressed strong determination to work on the organizational reform.
      I believe this is a step forward for our goal. I will keep my eyes on the committee’s action and will update on progress of their discussion for reform!

      Keep spreading the word. We need more support and need to keep pressuring to get women elected as the board members!

    4. Pressuring IJF and Getting the IJF Board Members on Board!

      Maruta Chika
      Organisateur de la pétition

      I'm thrilled to announce that we now have the total of over 1000 supporters from all over the world! I've been reading every single comment posted and your support means a lot to us.
      Yesterday, the President of All Japan Judo Federation, Haruki Uemura left for Paris to attend the Grand Slam held on this weekend. It's been reported that Mr. Uemura will brief the IJF on this scandal including physical abuses and apologize (for what?).
      Today, I have sent emails to all 21 of IJF Executive Board Members asking their support for our petition and called local judo federation offices of President Marius Vizer and General Secretary Jean-Luc ROUGE to deliver my message that I wanted them to tell Mr. Uemura the need of real organizational reform and increasing women’s representation in AJJF board. As I expected, they were already gone to Paris, so I asked the secretaries to have them check my email and let them know that I called. I will try to call again next week again.

    5. 25 signatures récoltées


    • Eric Hemmendinger OSAKA-FU, JAPON
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      Japan need more equality between men and women in all fields.

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      More women in our fédération not just men we need womens points of vews also.

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      I'm for female rights

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    • Marjorie Pitts ADA, OH
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      Justice is important for all of us.

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      It's time to end discrimination against women, stop being sexist and respect international regulations.

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