Taken across the world, in the Kodokan, in all the IJF associated NGBs and other independents, there must be in total several thousand judoka who hold higher rank than Okano-sensei. How many 9 dan holders are there in the US alone?
What do we think of this? How do those who have accepted higher rank feel about accepting it? When you line up to bow, how would you feel about having Okano-sensei lower down the line than yourselves?