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    The_Harvest

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    Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by The_Harvest on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:49 pm

    What a horrible week for Japanese judo.

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/olympic-judo-gold-medalist-uchishiba-gets-5-years-for-rape
    TOKYO (AFP) —
    A double Olympic judo gold medalist was convicted on Friday for raping a student, capping a terrible week for the sport after claims a national coach beat athletes with a bamboo sword.

    Masato Uchishiba was sentenced to five years in prison for the assault on a teenage member of a college judo club he was coaching, a court official said, after she drunkenly fell asleep in a Tokyo hotel.

    Uchishiba, 34, was feted as a national hero after bringing home a gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics, an achievement he repeated at the 2008 Beijing Games.

    Prosecutors said the incident occurred in September 2011, when the women’s judo club from Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare had been on a visit to Tokyo.

    After a night of drinking and karaoke, the teenager, whose exact age was not given but who was believed to have been 18 or 19 at the time, fell asleep in her hotel room and awoke to find Uchishiba raping her.

    “When she became aware, she resisted by saying, ‘What are you doing? Stop.’ But he turned up the volume of the television and covered her mouth with his hand,” prosecutors said, according to NHK.

    The victim is not being identified publicly because of the nature of the crime.

    Uchishiba, who is married, pleaded not guilty and maintained throughout the trial that the sex with the teenage student had been consensual. He said he would appeal the decision.

    The All Japan Judo Federation barred Uchishiba from all judo activities in January 2012.

    The verdict comes after a torrid week for judo, in which the coach of the national women’s team resigned after admitting claims that he beat his athletes with a bamboo sword were “more or less true.”

    Ryuji Sonoda, who took the team to the London Olympics, acknowledged allegations of violence against his charges, including face-slapping and verbal abuse.

    Sonoda, a 39-year-old former world judo champion, told a tightly-packed press conference: “I would like to deeply apologize for causing trouble to all the athletes and people concerned with what I have done and said.”

    The media storm that engulfed judo, a popular sport in Japan that is usually a reliable source of Olympic medals, comes as Tokyo launches its international campaign for the right to host the 2020 Games.

    The nation’s education and sports minister on Thursday ordered swift action to contain a scandal that observers say could badly dent Japan’s chances of beating Istanbul and Madrid for the 2020 Olympiad.


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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by HumanRevolution on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:48 am

    I haven't got words for this. I'm hoping this doesn't damage Japan's chances of hosting the Olympics.
    5 years seems very lenient for rape but as he's contesting it and has been I'm not surprised.
    I tend not to pass opinions on rape.

    I hope the girl recovers.
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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by finarashi on Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:15 am

    Judo is there to improve us as humans.

    Judoka are humans so there are always good and bad among us.


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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by NBK on Sun May 11, 2014 11:49 am

    His five year sentence was just upheld by the Supreme Court:

    Olympic judo champ’s five-year rape term finalized

    Kyodo May 10, 2014

    The five-year sentence for two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba for raping a woman in 2011 has been finalized by the Supreme Court.

    Uchishiba’s prison term was finalized Friday after the top court rejected his objection to its April 23 decision to uphold lower court rulings on his rape conviction.

    Uchishiba, 35, was convicted of raping a drunk student at a Tokyo hotel in September 2011 when he was coach of the women’s judo team at Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare.

    The 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing 66-kg gold medalist pleaded not guilty, saying the student had consented to the sex. The student said he raped her while she was drunk and asleep.

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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by overthehill on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

    is it a suspended sentence, or is he gonna do time in a cell?
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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by NBK on Mon May 12, 2014 2:11 pm

    IIRC in Japan sentences of 3 yrs or less can be suspended.

    If the prosecutor goes for more than 3 yrs the signal is the people want jail. Conviction means hard time, not a couple of months in a temporary detention center.

    He may get some judo yet - with the prison guards. They have a pretty notoriously brutal training system.

    I feel sorry for his wife and kids. I expect they've lost pretty much everything and the appeals probably wiped them out. At least it was pretty quick. Often they drag on for years.

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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by overthehill on Mon May 12, 2014 2:33 pm

    thanks for the info on the suspended sentence. i did not know that.

    yes, especially in a country like japan, his wife and children are probably in a world of s*#t.

    what is equally disturbing is that people seemed to know that this sort of thing was coming with him. it wasnt the first time and people high up knew that he was up to no good.

    prison guards....i believe there is a documentary somewhere about matsuyama's prison guards and their training. their judo is fantastic and rough. i had the privilege of watching them nearly upset asahi kasei in a team tournament. their style is rough and scrappy.
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    Re: Masato Uchishiba sentenced to 5 year in prison

    Post by NBK on Mon May 12, 2014 3:04 pm

    This and other more recent incidents led to the expulsion of Uemura, the head of the Kodokan, and most of his closest advisors from the All Japan Judo Federation and a series of reforms, demanded by the government. This is still unfolding.

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