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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Venues

The venues for events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have now been decided. They are listed here, along with details on how to get to each one and other information.

Japan to Give Foreigners Multiple-Language Disaster Information (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Internal Affairs Ministry is working on a plan to provide foreign visitors with disaster information in multiple languages via smartphones, officials said. The move is designed to help foreigners who cannot understand Japanese safely evacuate in the event of earthquakes and other disasters, the officials said. The ministry developed a system that has forei…

Tokyo 2020 to Use Recycled Gold in Medals

On November 9, the organizing committee announced that medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made using gold, silver, and other metals recovered from old mobile phones, smartphones, and computers. In addition to communicating the image of an environment-friendly Olympics and Paralympics, it is hoped recycled medals will generate greater public interest in the role of recyc…

Timeline for August 2016

Emperor Akihito expresses a desire to abdicate in a video message and Japan wins a record number of medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. These are the leading news stories of August 2016.

Japan’s Olympics: 2016 Medalists and Historic Medal Totals

Japanese athletes won a record 41 medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This article lists all the medal winners as well as Japan’s medal totals for past Summer Olympics.

Japan’s 2016 Olympic Medal Winners (Photo Gallery)

Japanese athletes won a total of 41 medals (12 gold, 8 silver, and 21 bronze) at the 2016 Summer Olympics held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was Japan’s biggest ever medal haul, topping the 38 won in London in 2012. Relive the key moments with the photos below. Swimmers Hagino Kōsuke (right) and Seto Daiya took gold and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 400-meter indiv…

Architect Kuma Kengo Shares His Thinking Behind Japan’s New National Stadium DesignKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Kuma Kengo made up his mind to become an architect after seeing the Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed by Tange Kenzō for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. And now he has been selected as the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this interview he explains the ideas informing his design.

Money Scandal Topples Tokyo Governor Masuzoe

Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi announced his resignation on June 15, 2016, following a scandal concerning his use of political funds for private purposes. The resignation, submitted to the speaker of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, will become effective on June 21. The assembly, including members from the ruling coalition Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō, had been expected to pass a vote …

New Logos Selected for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

On April 25, 2016, the 2020 Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, headed by former Prime Minister Mori Yoshirō, announced the winner of a public competition to design logos for the games. The winning designs by Tokolo Asao. Tokolo Asao, creator of the winning logos, speaks about his designs. The winning designs come from Tokyo artist Tokolo Asao. They adopt a m…

Timeline for January 2016

The Nikkei index falls to its lowest level since October 2014, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Philippines, and Minister for Economic Revitalization Amari Akira announces his resignation. These are the main Japan-related stories of January 2016.

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