On January 8, 2006, at the Kodokan’s annual New Year’s Kagami Biraki
ceremony, Mr. Ichiro Abe, Mr. Toshiro Daigo, and Mr. Yoshimi Osawa,
were all promoted to 10th Dan by the Kodokan Judo Institute.
At this ceremony Ms. Keiko Fukuda was promoted to 9th Dan by the
Kodokan Judo Institute. In receiving her 9th Dan, Fukuda Sensei is the
first female to achieve that rank in the history of the Kodokan.