Famous People in Japan

Yamashima Yasuhiro

Date of Birth 1 July 1957
Place of Birth Kumamoto

Yasuhiro Yamashita is the one of the most famous Judoists in Japan. He started taking lessons in Judo in the third grade. And he got a black belt in junior high school and went to Tokaidai Sagami High School. At that time he was expected to become the ace of the Judo world.

In 1977 he was the All-Japan Champion at 19, the youngest in the history of Judo. Since then he won 9 All-Japan championship, in a row, and gained four titles in the world championships.

In the Los Angeles Olympics (1984), he participated in the free class (Musabetsu Kyu). He beat Rashuwon in the finals in spite of a knee injury.

Then he became a Judoist of the Sixth Dan. In October of the same year, he was the first amateur sports player to be awarded the national honor prize.In the next year, he retired from play, leaving a great record as 203 successive victories. Since 1988, he served as a training coach for the Japan Judo League. Now he serves the head coach, and he is also an assistant professor at Tokai University.

References: Gendai Nihonjinmeiroku,

Reported by: Yoshihiro Sugiyama
Data verified by: Motonari Izawa
Date of Report: November 1995

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