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We are deeply saddened to announce that MATSUSHITA Saburo, a member of the board of directors of Kodokan and ninth dan in Kodokan Judo, passed away on April 19, 2020 from pneumonia complicated by the novel coronavirus. He was 84.

His funeral services will be attended only by his relatives.


<Short biography>

1935 Born in Kagoshima Prefecture

1958 Graduated from Department of Commerce, College of Economics, Nihon University

1978 Became a professor at Nihon University

2000 Appointed as Senior Managing Director of All Japan Judo Federation

2001 Assigned to an executive board member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)

2004 Inspector of Kodokan

2006 Director of the Education and Instruction Department at Kodokan

2007 JOC Honorary member

2013 Member of the board of directors of Kodokan


Words of condolence addressed to kokusai@kodokan.org


Kodokan Judo Institute

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