the First World Championship. 

TOKYO - In October/November 2002, the Japan Mahjong Organizing Committee (JPML) organized the First World Championship in Mahjong. Follow the final results.


John O'Connor (US, left, 2nd place), Mai Hatsune (Japan, m, World Champion) and Yuuchi Ikeya (Japan, 3rd place).

TOKYO - Mahjong has a World Champion - and she's a lady. Mai Hatsune from Japan today has won the first World Championship in Mahjong. The second place was for John O'Connor, 22, an American actor, living in Japan, and on number three another Japanese success: Yuuchi Ikeya.