Promoting Sports—The Komatsu Women's Judo Club

Founded in 1991 as part of social contribution activities during the 70th anniversary of the company founding, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club is celebrating its 26th year. Since its establishment, a total of 82 athletes have participated in competitions worldwide. The club has actively engaged in teaching judo at home and abroad, and in welcoming foreign judo competitors, with the goal to develop and popularize this sport.

Results of Club Activities in FY2016

The Olympic Year of 2016 witnessed a chain of tense battles fought starting from a final qualifier in April. Each and every athlete at Komatsu desperately battled for a seat in the national team in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Among them, Miku Tashiro (63kg class) and Chen-Ling Lien (57kg class) grabbed their positions in the Japanese team and in the Taiwanese team, respectively, in the Olympics. Members of Komatsu were excited with cheer for them.

Both Miku Tashiro and Chen-Ling Lien ended up in the fifth place in the world's harshest arena of the Olympics, a little short of a medal, despite an all-out cheer coming from the Komatsu Group for the two athletes in play.

Miku Tashiro, 63kg class, in the fifth place
Chen-Ling Lien 57kg class, in the fifth place
Cheering in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

In addition, Komatsu employees rushed to offer their cheering to athletes in many difference parts in the world - France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Mongolia, Azerbaijan and so on. In Japan, employees at the local Komatsu plants and in the sales offices, along with their family members, would come to cheer up athletes as they appeared in competitions held in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Miyazaki, Hyogo and Chiba.
This worldwide support of judo has contributed to both the popularization of the sport and a greater corporate awareness through global teamwork.

Since its establishment, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club has been training foreign athletes from more than ten countries around the world. Athletes who have trained in judo at Komatsu have competed internationally, including at the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, and have won medals at world championships. It is our dream one day to see an athlete that had been supported by Komatsu competing against one of the Komatsu Women's Judo Club athletes at an Olympic Games.

Social Contribution Activities through Judo

The Komatsu Women's Judo Club has continued to coach the Komatsu Kids Judo Club at the Eitai Dojo (in Koto-ku, Tokyo), while also directing and coaching at judo classes in different places around the world, including Japan, in order to popularize this sport and educate the next generation.
In FY2016, Judo classes continued to be held mainly in areas where Komatsu production sites are located.

The class in Yaroslavl, Russia, was conducted for the sixth consecutive year, under the instruction of Coach Haruna Asami and Judo athlete Nae Udaka. About 120 participants, mainly children belong to the local Judo club “Arenal,” aged from 6 to 15 years old, worked in earnest in sessions of technical guidance and hands-on practice directed by the world champions.

As a new experiment, a demonstration was conducted in front of distributors’ employees who visited Komatsu Manufacturing Russia, LLC (KMR) for a meeting. Employees at KMR took part in the demonstration as well to have a hands-on experience with Judo as they were offered to try the art of throwing to promote their understanding of Judo.

Yaroslavl Judo Class
Demonstration at KMR

Coach Haruna Asami and Judo athlete Nae Udaka visited Turkmenistan to host a Judo class with the cooperation of Embassy of Japan in Turkmenistan aiming to popularize Judo and to enjoy cross-cultural experiences. This Judo class was held because the country had highly appreciated Komatsu’s supports with regard to Judo (donation of Judo uniforms, dispatching of instructors, invitation of Turkmenistan athletes to Japan, etc.) and asked Komatsu to send more Judo instructors to Turkmenistan.
The Judo class was held in the Judo hall at the National Institute of Sports and Tourism of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, and a total of 81 female athletes, aged from 13 to 23 years old, joined in a three-day session of the class, from athletes participating in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics downward. The class was covered by a local TV station for its high public interest.

Komatsu Judo Club coaching youths in Turkmenistan
Month Place Number of Participants

May

Hitachinaka (Ibaraki)

28

Stepember

Koriyama (Fukushima)

20

October

Yaroslavl (Russia)

120

October

Turkmenistan

81