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Second year junior high school student dies of heart failure after throwing opponent at judo competition

The Asahi Shimbun, Ibaragi

July 17, 1989


On July 16, 10:45 am, a second year junior high school student Kiminobu Naito (13) remained still after throwing the opponent at the judo competition organized by Ibaraki Prefecture Crime Prevention Association. He was taken to hospital but was already dead when he arrived. The competition was held at the Prefectural Police School Martial Arts Gymnasium.


Kiminobu is the son of Katsuaki Naito (46).


Investigation by the Mito Police Station indicated that the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Kimnobu threw the opponent using uchimata (inner thigh reaping throw) in the first round of the team competition. While the opponent stood up, Kiminobu kept lying down. The doctor conducted artificial respiration, heart massage and called the ambulance.


The Crime Prevention Association stated that all participating members gathered to practiced ukemi (break fall) and uchikomi (repetition training) for 20 minutes to relax before the match. They also said no one was informed of Kiminobu’s physical problems.


He started judo 7 or 8 years ago and was a member of the judo club at school. He was well built, 170 cm tall and weighed 60 kg. The Ibaraki Prefecture Crime Prevention Association decided to call off the afternoon session of the judo and kendo competition, which had been attended by 203 elementary and junior high school students in the morning.


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