Sports in Japan: face slapping, kicking, food deprivation and harassment

The Judo teacher choked the boy and threw him to the ground, causing severe brain bleeding. Emergency surgery saved the 15-Year-old, but he sustained permanent

Sports in Japan: face slapping, kicking, food deprivation and harassment

The Judo teacher choked the boy and threw him to the ground, causing severe brain bleeding. Emergency surgery saved the 15-Year-old, but he sustained permanent brain damage. His "Crime": He did not want to go to the school, which had recommended him to be a Judo teacher. So the boy's mother, Keiko Kobayashi, described on Monday in an Online press conference that Happened that is bothering you today visually. The police declined to press charges, but the Prosecutor terminated the investigation. In a Judo hall is accessed between regular Judo-to distinguish a criminal act, said the mother. The school authority and the Japanese Judo Association spoke of an unfortunate accident. That was in December of 2004. The teachers still work and teach more Judo, says Kobayashi.

Patrick Welter

a correspondent for Economics and policy in Japan, based in Tokyo.

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the situation Has changed in the Japanese Sport since then? The private Human rights organization Human Rights Watch accused the country on Monday in a report that children and young people in Sport is still often physically and verbally abused, and sometimes sexually abusive. The report comes in the week of the Tokyo Olympic games were due to begin. Because of the pandemic, the sport has been moved to the event on the coming summer.

cases in recent times

The organization documented in the report specific to abuse such as beatings, slaps, kicks, blows with objects, or forced, to much or to little to eat and Drink, ' said Minky Worden, Director of global initiatives for Human Rights Watch. "Japan still has a year to change the situation and to leave behind as a lasting legacy of the Olympic games." Human Rights Watch cites in the report on dozens of Interviews and an Internet survey with nearly 760 participants. About half of the respondents were 24 years or younger, which means that the reported abuse cases took place in recent times.

A meaningful statistic that might disclose the extent of abuse and the development in the course of time, there is according to a statement from the organization in Japan. In a study by the National Olympic Committee from the year 2013 under 2000 athletes, 11.5 percent reported abuse, including physical abuse. In a study from the same year, 20.5 percent of the respondents reported that 4000 students of physical abuse in school teams. At that time, Japan won the commitment for the Olympic games in 2020, and under the impression of the suicide of a young basketball player and the Judo scandal, in which the Trainer had is members of the Olympic national women's team miss. Five of the largest national sport organisations promised, violence and abuse in Sport to eradicate. All this seems to be not succeeded. The Japanese sports Association received in the past almost six years 619 complaints of physical abuse, including almost 400 students.

Updated Date: 20 July 2020, 10:19

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