The All Japan Judo Federation has announced that it is to appoint women to its board of directors for the first time in its history. The federation announced Monday that two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Ryoko Tani, 37, currently a lawmaker in Japan’s House of Councillors, will be appointed the first female member of the board of directors, due to an emergency board reshuffle.
Sankei Shimbun quoted sources close to the matter as saying that several women are likely to be appointed to the board on the advice of a third-party consultation firm as part of an attempt to reshape the federation’s public image, following a grant misappropriation scandal and revelations that some national coaches had assaulted female judo wrestlers.
The announcement follows news that 15 female wrestlers, including members of Japan’s 2012 national Olympic judo team, lodged a complaint with the Japanese Olympic Committee over alleged violence and harassment by then head coach of the national team, Ryuji Sonoda and others. Sonoda resigned from his post in February.