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Japan, November 2008.The curtain will be raised in the battle to determine who is the best in the world of Karate!After a 31 year absence, the World Karate Championships will be held in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan!Don’t miss this exciting battle as competitors strive to be the best in the world!
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Karate, born in Japan and raised around the world, boasts more than 60 million members in the world today. The 19th World Karate Championships will be held in its birthplace, Japan, after a 31 year absence. 1,200 top athletes from 120 countries will gather at Budokan, the holy ground of martial arts, and compete for the No.1 position in the world.


November 13-16, 2008 (Thu-Sun)
Tokyo, Nippon Budokan  Opens: 8AM / Commences: 9AM
World Karate Federation (WKF)
【Main Organizer】
Japan Karatedo Federation
Sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan Amateur Sports Association, Japanese Olympic Committee, Nippon Budokan, Japan Martial Arts Conference, Fuji Television, BS Fuji, The Yomiuri Shinbun,
The Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Sports Foundation,
Blue Sea and Green Land Foundation,
Visit Japan Campaign Headquarters, TOKYO 2016 BID COMMITTEE
  • 世界空手連盟 World Karate Federation
  • 財団法人 全日本空手道連盟 Japan Karatedo Federation
  • TOKYO 2016 Bid Committee
  • Japan National Tourist Organization