Kawashima had been one of the staples at the Yonekura gym where he claimed the prestigious "Eddie Townsend Award" in 2003, an award given to the year's best trainer in Japan. He claimed that award thanks to his work with Crazy Kim though had previously worked with the likes of Kuniaki Shibata and Guts Ishimatsu, with some describing Mr Kawashima as the unsung hero of the Yonekura gym.
Although relatively unknown outside of Japan his legacy will live on with those at the Yonekura gym who we suspect may do something public to mark his passing, for example have fighters wearing his name in upcoming bouts.
We'd like to send our wishes to the family of Mr Kawashima who becomes the second notable trainer from Asia to die in recent days, following the death of Thailand's Phong Son Varathavornviwat.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)