安部一郎 Abe Ichiro
November 12, 1922|
|Native name||安部一郎 Abe Ichiro|
|Rank||10th dan judo|
Ichiro Abe (安部一郎 Abe Ichirō?) is a Japanese judoka. He is head of the Promotions Panel at the Kodokan and former international chairperson of the All Nippon Judo Federation. He is one of only three living Kodokan 10th dan (and one of only 15 to have attained this rank), having been promoted at the New Year Kagami biraki Ceremony, January 8, 2006 along with Toshiro Daigo and Yoshimi Osawa.
Abe was born in 1922 and educated at Tsukuba University. He was sent by the Kodokan as a judo teacher to France in 1951 and Belgium in 1953. He was director of the Kodokan International from 1969 to 1997 and director of the Kodokan Council from 1997 to 2004.