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We regret to inform you that ABE Ichiro, Kodokan 10th dan, aged 99 passed away due to old age on February 27, 2022 at the facility for the elderly in Tokyo.

His funeral service will be held by only his relatives.

Kodokan farewell ceremony will be held on March 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Kodokan main dojo.


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November 12, 1922 Born in Akita Prefecture, Japan

1938 Entered the Kodokan and Kodokan Shodan

1941 Graduated from Maebashi Junior High School

1944 Graduated from Tokyo Higher Normal School

1946 Worked at Kodokan Secretarial Section

1947 Teacher at Kishiwada Junior High School and Izumi High School in Osaka

1949 Served at Sakai City Police Headquarters in Osaka

1951 Master of Shudokan Club, Toulouse, France

1953 Technical Director of Belgian Judo Association

1955 Technical Advisor, European Judo Union

1969 Chief of the Kodokan International Department

1977 Member of National team Committee, All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF)

1980 President of Pacific Rim Judo Organization, Director of the Kodokan International Department, and a member of the Board of Directors of AJJF

1983 General Secretary of the Judo Union of Asia

1985 Member of Japanese Olympic Committee, Chairman of International Committee of AJJF

1996 Senior Counselor of the Kodokan

1997 Director of Grading Department of the Kodokan

2006 Kodokan 10th Dan


Words of condolence addressed to intl@kodokan.org

Kodokan Judo Institute

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