Olympics: Kids To Vote On 2020 Mascot To Be Announced In March

Olympics: Kids to vote on 2020 mascot to be announced in March

The winning design of the public competition for the official mascot of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be announced in March next year with elementary school children having a say in the judging, the games' organizing committee said Monday.

The winner of the competition, whose entry period is from Aug. 1 to 14, will receive a prize of 1 million yen ($9,000) and an invitation to the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Toyota Wants To See Flying Cars In Time For The 2020 Olympics

Toyota Wants To See Flying Cars In Time For The 2020 Olympics

In sci-fi TV shows, movies, and cartoons, if there is one piece of tecnhnology that we see quite often it is cars that can fly. The advantage is that without roads, there will be no traffic jams and people can get to their destinations faster. Unfortunately that future is far from being a reality, but Toyota is hoping to see that come 2020.

In a report from Nikkei, Toyota has recently announced that they will be backing the project of one of its employees. Led by a group called Cartivator, it is being led by Tsubasa Nakamura who won a business contest. The team has 30 or so members who contribute to the project in their free time and has largely relied on online crowdfunding as a means to finance itself.

Tokyo To Pay For All 2020 Temp Facilities

Tokyo to pay for all 2020 temp facilities

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government will shoulder all the costs for preparing temporary facilities outside Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The Tokyo metropolitan government had said it would present a broad outline by the end of March this year on the costs for temporary facilities.

Timber Materials In Venues Meet Sustainability Criteria: Tokyo 2020

Timber materials in venues meet sustainability criteria: Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Friday responded to criticism about its adherence to its timber procurement sustainability code, saying timber used in concrete formwork for 2020 venues meets the criteria to which it has committed.

In a statement to Kyodo News, Olympic organizers said timber must meet all five criteria set out in the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber, and that all materials used in the construction of the National Stadium do so.

Olympics: Experts Begin Discussing 2020 Opening, Closing Ceremonies

Olympics: Experts begin discussing 2020 opening, closing ceremonies

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee's panel of experts to help produce the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Games met for the first time Wednesday, with an eye to draw up the basic concept by year's end.

The 12-member panel, chaired by Canon Inc. Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai, discussed the historical and social significance of what will be Tokyo's second Olympics.

Olympics: Tokyo Olympics, Japan Rugby World Cup Team Up For 2019, 2020

Olympics: Tokyo Olympics, Japan Rugby World Cup team up for 2019, 2020

The organizing committees of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup signed a collaboration agreement Wednesday to exchange information and resources with Japan hosting two of the world's biggest sporting events in back-to-back years.

The two committees will share knowledge and experience on a wide range of topics, from security to transport to volunteer programs to venue management and anti-doping measures.

Feature: Language Schools To Help Athletes Prepare For 2020 Games

FEATURE: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

Language schools in Japan are tying up with sports associations to help improve the English skills of Japanese athletes in the lead up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The push is aimed at overcoming concern about athletes' struggles to communicate in English during international competitions, while the schools see it as an opportunity to tap into a new market and revenue stream.

Some Japanese Firms Way Ahead In Making 'no Smoking' The Norm Before 2020

Some Japanese firms way ahead in making 'no smoking' the norm before 2020In preparation for Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, the government has set out to beef up measures to curb the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.
Last October, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare proposed that workplaces be non-smoking as a general rule, while allowing for smoking rooms.

Radar Aims For Fast Rain Forecasts For 2020 Games

Radar aims for fast rain forecasts for 2020 GamesA team of researchers led by such entities as the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Toshiba Corp. and Osaka University will conduct demonstrations to test a radar system that can forecast localized heavy rain in the Tokyo metropolitan area 20 minutes before the rainfall begins.

Local Karate Team Looking To Head To Train For 2020 Olympics

Local karate team looking to head to train for 2020 OlympicsEight young members from Carolina Family Karate in Columbia will have a chance of a lifetime as they head to Lake Placid, New York.
The eight youth will head to the Olympic Training Center to train with America’s first WKF Traditional World Karate Champion Tokey Hill February 16-20.

Survey Measures Heat Stress For 2020 Tokyo Games

Survey measures heat stress for 2020 Tokyo GamesA survey of 3 venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has found they will be too hot for vigorous exercise during the summer months.
The intense heat of the Japanese summer is a major issue for the Tokyo Games as they will be held at the hottest time of the year between July 24th and September 6th.

Infiniti To Launch Electric Sports Car By 2020

Infiniti To Launch Electric Sports Car By 2020Infiniti is planning to release an all-electric sports car by 2020 and has already started testing prototypes.
While speaking with Autocar, Infiniti boss Roland Krueger confirmed that he had driven a prototype of the performance EV and that it was “very good.” Additionally, he said that the model will retain the automaker’s focus on performance and handling and that it will offer “a unique Infiniti driving experience.”