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Harajuku Showroom Looks Ahead to Tokyo 2020 with Official Olympic and Paralympic Goods (Japan in Photos)

A showroom selling official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic goods opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, on September 14, 2017. It will sell T-shirts, badges, and many other goods featuring the logos of the games until late November. It is open every day, apart from Wednesday, from 11 in the morning until 7 in the evening. Photograph shows the press opening on September 13, 2017. (© Jiji)

Japan Starts Using New Pictogram Signs (News)

Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)—Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday. A total of 16 new signs were added, including for Wi-Fi wireless Internet access and convenience stores. The designs of seven signs were changed, such as that for parking spaces. The use of…

Japan to Use Cruise Ships as Hotels during Tokyo Olympics (News)

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)--The government plans to use cruise liners stopping in Japan as hotels for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday. The government on Thursday held the first meeting of division head-class officials from related agencies to examine problems that must be resolved to introduce so-called hotel ships, the sources also said. …

Women’s Participation to Hit Record 48.8% in Tokyo Olympics (News)

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9 (Jiji Press)—The International Olympic Committee said Friday it expects women to account for 48.8% of the athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the highest in Olympic history. The percentage, up from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics' 45.6%, is based on the list of 33 sports and 339 events for the Tokyo Games, which was finalized at an Executive Board meeting of the …

Japan Ranks Fifteenth in Number of Foreign Visitors (News)

Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)—Japan ranked 15th in the world in terms of the number of visitors from abroad last year, a government white paper said Tuesday. The number of visitors to Japan grew 21.8% from the previous year to 24.04 million, according to the 2017 white paper on tourism. Nine of the country's 10 regions saw an increase in the total number of foreign visitors who stayed at accomm…

Japan Cabinet Office Cafeteria Serves Vegetarian Meals (News)

Tokyo, April 24 (Jiji Press)—The cafeteria in the Central Common Government Offices No. 8 in Tokyo, where the Cabinet Office is located, has started serving vegetarian meals this month. The government agency made the move since many foreign tourists with diverse eating habits are expected to visit Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The Cabinet Office tested vegetarian lunch d…

An Eye to the Future: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village Under Construction (Japan in Photos)

Members of the Japanese Olympic Committee and domestic sporting organizations observe the construction site for the Olympic Village from Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal on April 17, 2017. The site viewing was part of a survey to see how preparations are proceeding for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo. (© Jiji)

2020 Olympic Golf Course to End Sex Discrimination (News)

Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)—Executive board members of the operator of a golf course to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided at an extraordinary meeting Monday to admit women as official members. The decision to change the member admission rules was decided after the course operator, Kasumigaseki Country Club, held meetings with existing members on the matter three times. In the first…

The Issue of Hospitality at the Tokyo ParalympicsSakurai Seiichi

After visiting Brazil as the vice-chair of the Japanese national team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Sakurai Seiichi says that smiles on the faces of local residents were a key to the Games’ success. Will Japan be able to welcome visitors from around the world with the same warm hospitality at the 2020 Games in Tokyo?

Japan to Promote Universal Design for Paralympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is comfortable to everyone regardless of age, nationality and whether one has disability, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The government plans to hold a meeting of cabinet ministers related to the project on Monday and announce an acti…

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