THE RETURN OF JAPAN AS A JUDO POWERHOUSE
Japan won just one gold medal in judo at the London Olympic Games — a very disappointing result. As the Rio Games approach, the nation's judoka are determined to put Japan back on top of the judo world.
The following photos from The Yomiuri Shimbun’s archives show how hard Japan’s judoka fought at the World Judo Championships in Astana in August last year, with their sights set on the Rio Olympics.
... and the women hold up their medals. Japanese judo fans are hoping Japanese judoka will be smiling again in Rio.