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Bullying exposes sports' military roots in Japan

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The resignation of the national women's judo coach, who beat athletes with a bamboo sword, was a nasty reminder of how Japan's sporting world still draws on the traditions that led the country to war last century, experts say. 

This file picture taken on July 31, 2012 shows Japanese women's judo head coach Ryuji Sonoda at the London Olympics. Sonoda quit in disgrace on February 1 after 15 of his charges accused him and his staff of slapping, kicking and beating them during training in the run up to the Olympics.

And, they say, despite the bravery of the judokas who risked their careers to bring it to light, the culture of coercion and corporal punishment is so ingrained that it will die hard.

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