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Number of Vietnamese in Japan’s Training Program Tops 26,000 (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. Trainees from China were the second largest group by nation, with the figure standing at 16,863, followed by Indonesia, at 4,558, Thailand, a…
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Local Governments Pin Hopes on Athlete Host Town Project (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—Municipalities are gunning to revitalize their regions by taking part in the central government's project to encourage local governments to host foreign athletes and staff participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. In the project, registered municipalities are eligible for financial assistance for exchange programs with sports teams from abroad and renovations …
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Japan Trying to Boost Certified Farmers for Tokyo Olympics (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—Japan's agriculture ministry has launched efforts to increase certified agricultural producers in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where the number of meals to be served for athletes and staff will likely exceed the level of some 15 million distributed during the 2012 London Games. Agricultural producers supplying food materials for the upcoming quadre…
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Card Payments in Japan to Be More Convenient (News)

Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)—Making payments with chip-embedded cards in Japan is expected to become easier for visitors from abroad as efforts have begun to introduce contactless payment systems that are globally common. In the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) has decided to install contactless card readers at all its outlets, totaling some 2,…
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Japanese Rippers Gather in Tokyo for First Skateboarding Championship (Japan in Photos)

High schooler Nishimura Aori performs a trick on her way to winning the women’s division at the first Japan Skateboarding Championship in Tokyo on April 23, 2017. Two skateboarding disciplines, park and street, will debut as Olympic events at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (© Jiji.)
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Interview with Sasaki Hiroshi, Creative Director of the Tokyo Olympics “Sneak Preview” at Rio

The closing ceremony at the Rio Olympics included an eight-minute performance offering a glimpse of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Prime Minister Abe appeared in the show dressed as the game character Mario, creating a buzz around the world. We sat down with Sasaki Hiroshi, the creative director of the show, to find out more about its intended message as well as his views on how the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be staged.
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Revving to Go for 2020: Tokyo Governor Koike Launches New Fuel Cell Buses (Japan in Photos)

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko takes a test ride on one of two new fuel cell buses on March 6, 2017. The buses are scheduled to begin making runs between Tokyo Station and the international exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight from March 21. The metropolitan government looks to introduce more than 100 fuel cell buses as part of its aim to realize a “hydrogen society” by 2020, the year of the Tokyo O…
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Haneda Terminal 2 to Go International Ahead of 2020 Olympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo International Airport's Terminal 2, currently for domestic flights, is slated to host international flights as well, from March 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that year, informed sources have said. The transport ministry has decided to allow All Nippon Airways, which operates domestic flights at Terminal 2 of the airport at Haneda, to run inte…
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Tokyo Olympic Golf Course Urged to End Discrimination against Women (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee urged the operator of a golf course set to host events in the 2020 Games to revise its discriminatory membership policy against women. The committee sent Kimura Kiichi, president of Kasumigaseki Country Club in the city of Kawagoe near the capital, a letter calling on the golf club to change its rules …
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Koike Yuriko Named Tokyo’s First Female Governor

On July 31, 2016, former Minister of Defense Koike Yuriko was elected as the new governor of Tokyo. Running as an independent candidate, she defeated Masuda Hiroya, the former minister of internal affairs and communications who was endorsed ahead of her by the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō, and supported by the opposition Party for Japanese Kokoro. She also beat jour…
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