It will be interesting to see if this turns out to be something substantial. The Jûdô Renaissance at the time was announced with lots of bells and whistles and mostly seems to resemble a big soufflé: Ppppffffffftttt, floop. Certainly international. I am sure that in Japan the word "Jûdô Renaissance" prominently appeared on some posters and stuff, but in the mean time the term has even been quietly removed from the Kôdôkan web pages, and we haven't exactly seen an objective evaluation of the goals it achieved and failed to achieve.
The IJF's "Judo for Peace" is another storm in a glass of water and the only place it has achieved peace so far is in the wallets of the IJF Executive Board members. Sure, there have been a couple of seminars in developmental countries, for which some retired big name champions were invited, and sure there were some jûdôgi donated to some poorer countries which is great, but all in all still of infinitesimally limited proportions to fill up a subject heading as grandiloquent as "Judo for Peace". Wars are still raging in many countries, people still kill others for little reason if they can get away with it, hypocrisy, xenophobia and discrimination still enthusiastically prevail, and so on. It has been more a marketing aspect for the IJF than anything else and the developmental countries where such an IJF seminar may have been held are still in the same shit as they were before and so are the kids who with big smiles were showcased on the routine pics shoulder to shoulder with the IJF world improvers. Admittedly, even if the IJF instead of a commercial money-making and casino other grey-arey revenue money laundering machine would closely stick to the educational views of Kanô success would not be guaranteed as every serious philosophy scholar familiar with Kanô would quickly explain that Kanô's views were embarrassingly affected by naiveté and simply could not survive serious philosophical scrutiny, perhaps one of the reason why the name Kanô barely appears in any serious pedagogical reference text and not at all in any serious philosophy reference. The goals of jûdô are honorable, no doubt, but especially where they go beyond the mere physical education training, are utopian.
Lets wait and observe what "Judo Mind" will actually achieve in verifiable results beyond mere words on a poster or small talk.
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