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World judo chief urges Japan to 'clean up'

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The world judo chief urged Japan Monday to clean up its act after the sport was sullied in its birthplace by scandals including abusive coaching, misuse of funds and sexual harassment. 

Japan's Mika Sugimoto (L) during her London Olympics women's +78kg judo final against Cuba's Idalys Ortiz on August 3, 2012. In late May, the IOC executive board promoted judo to the third tier from the fourth tier.

International Judo Federation (IJF) president Marius Vizer told a news conference in Tokyo that Japan's judo authority needed to shape up because he is aiming to raise the sport's profile in the Olympics with reforms.

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