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No1-2017-09 Karuizawa

Kazuo Abiko (left) and Toshio Chomabayashi


KAZUO ABIKO AND HIS doubles partner Toshio Chomabayashi won the senior men's doubles championship for age 70 and over at the annual Karuizawa International Tennis Tournament in its 101st year. The finals of the week-long tournament were played on Sunday, Aug. 6. Kaz, former AP newsman and general manager for Northeast Asia, served as FCCJ president in 2001-02. The tournament was held at the historic Karuizawa Association Tennis Court, where Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met over the nets about 60 years ago. The love story of the then Crown Prince and Michiko Shoda, a commoner, was dubbed the “tennis court romance.”



Published in: September 2017

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