Yuta Iyama who is the most popular professional igo player in Japan, won first place in an international championship!!!!!
A little while ago from it, two Japanese igo players (one was Iyama) made it to the quarterfinal in another international tournament.
It is out of common that Japanese igo players play active roles in international tournaments now a days. Only Chinese players and Korea players have made big scenes for over 10 years.
I'm so glad that Japanese players came up big!!