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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.

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…

Flushed with Ambition: Sanitation Initiatives for Health and Well-BeingKatō Atsushi

Japan has become known as the land of high-tech toilets, but the country has also been making efforts to improve its “toilet environment” as a way of boosting health and well-being. Here a long-time advocate of improvements takes a look at the array of sanitation-related activities now underway.

Tokyo Scraps Olympic Logo

On September 1, 2015, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, headed by former Prime Minister Mori Yoshirō, announced that it was retracting the official Olympic emblem and would be selecting a new one by public competition. The emblem had led to much controversy since its unveiling on July 24, including a lawsuit claiming that it resembled the logo of a Belgian theater…

Getting Serious About International TourismNagai Tomomi

With the 2020 Olympics approaching, the Abe government has laid out ambitious plans to turn Japan into one of the world’s top tourist destinations. What will it take for this island country to triple tourist arrivals over the next 15 years?

The 2020 Olympic Games to Come to Tokyo

Tokyo has been selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seven years from now the city will invite the world to “discover tomorrow” through the events held at a compact, convenient set of facilities.

Bringing the Games Back to Japan

On September 7, the IOC will decide which city will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Tokyo is a strong contender. We asked Takeda Tsunekazu, president of the Tokyo Olympic bid, to share his thoughts on the prospects for a second Tokyo Games and on sports as a human pursuit.

Top-Class Wheelchairs Made by OX Engineering

OX Engineering has made a name for itself around the world by creating innovative wheelchairs suited to the needs of individual users, as well as custom-built racing models. The company’s easily maneuverable wheelchairs are making it easier for the disabled to play a more active role in society.

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