Designers Compete For 2020 Tokyo Games Mascots

Designers compete for 2020 Tokyo Games mascots

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are narrowing down choices for the Games' official mascots.

Over 2,000 character designs have been submitted since the application process opened last month.

Schools, Firms Ramp Up Efforts To Train Volunteers For 2020 Tokyo Games

Schools, firms ramp up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games

With less than three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a surge of interest has been seen in people hoping to train to become Olympic volunteers who will play a vital role in the smooth operation of the games.

Olympic volunteers will be split into two categories -- those manning the daily activities at sporting venues, such as guiding spectators to their seats and working front desk jobs, and others who will act as guides at airports, stations and tourist locations.

Riner Has Sights Set On 2020 Games

Riner has sights set on 2020 Games

AFPPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — French judoka Teddy Riner said Monday that he will go for a third straight heavyweight Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, after winning his record ninth world title in Budapest last week.

The 28-year-old is unbeaten since September 2010 and has won 134 successive fights, but was pushed to a golden point in both the semifinals and the final in Hungary.

537 Medal Events To Be Contested At 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

537 medal events to be contested at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

LONDON (Kyodo) -- The International Paralympic Committee decided Monday in Abu Dhabi that 537 medal events will be contested in 22 sports at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

A total of 4,400 athletes -- at least 1,756 of them female -- are expected to take part in the games, both record highs, the IPC announced in a statement after a meeting of its governing board.

Relentless Tokyo 2020 Schedule, Labor Shortages Hitting Builders Hard

Relentless Tokyo 2020 schedule, labor shortages hitting builders hard

A little under three years before the Tokyo 2020 Games opening ceremony, a merciless venue construction schedule has converged with a persistent labor shortage to create fearsome working conditions and spark questions about the government's decision to leave the building industry out of its new cap on overtime hours.

The problem was brought into harsh relief with the April suicide of a 23-year-old foreman working on the new National Stadium -- the 2020 Games' main venue -- after logging nearly 200 hours of overtime in a single month. Meanwhile, the Olympic and Paralympic building rush continues apace, prompting one industry insider to comment, "While we understand the need to improve working conditions, the current situation makes doing so impossible."

Heatstroke Concerns Mounting Over 2020 Tokyo Olympic Marathon

Heatstroke concerns mounting over 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon

Concerns are growing about possible heatstroke or heat exhaustion at the 2020 Olympic marathon due to the sweltering and humid weather expected in Tokyo.

Experts are calling on the organizers to change the route or set up rest stations as the Tokyo Olympic event is likely to be extremely tough for runners and spectators compared with previous games.

Lgbt Hospitality Venue Eyed For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

LGBT hospitality venue eyed for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A Japanese nonprofit group said Wednesday it is preparing to set up a hospitality venue welcoming LGBT athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in an effort to boost diversity at the events.

Similar spaces for LGBT athletes and fans called "Pride House" have been created at cities hosting international sporting events since the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, but it would be the first such venue to be set up in Japan.

Toyota And Lexus To Show Autonomous Driving Tech At 2020 Olympics

Toyota And Lexus To Show Autonomous Driving Tech At 2020 Olympics

Toyota's General Manager of Intelligent Vehicle Development has confirmed the automaker will use the 2020 Summer Olympics to showcase an assortment of semi-autonomous vehicles.

Speaking to Automotive News, Ken Koibuchi said the company has big plans for the Olympics which will be held in Tokyo for the first time since 1964.

Automated Lexus Vehicles Coming To 2020 Summer Olympics In Japan

Automated Lexus Vehicles Coming to 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan

Automated Lexus vehicles will be part of a massive Toyota technology showcase at the 2020 Summer Olympics — from Hans Greimel of Automotive News:

Toyota calls its vision the “Mobility Teammate Concept,” evoking the idea that car and driver will be partners in autonomous driving, and that humans should dictate when they hand off control.

Koike Says 2020 Paralympics Will Determine Aging Tokyo's Fate

Koike says 2020 Paralympics will determine aging Tokyo's fate

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Thursday achieving success as the host city of the 2020 Paralympics is a greater priority than building a reputation as a successful Olympic host.

"The success of the Paralympics is really the key to the success of the overall Games here. I believe putting weight on hosting a successful Paralympics is more important than a successful Olympics," she said.

Olympics: Usa House For 2020 Games To Be At Tokyo American Club

Olympics: USA House for 2020 Games to be at Tokyo American Club

The United States Olympic Committee said Wednesday that the U.S. team's gathering place during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be at Tokyo American Club.

"It's my great honor and my great pleasure to announce that in 2020, Tokyo American Club will be the home of USA House in Tokyo," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun told a press conference at the private membership organization in Minato Ward.

Tokyo Police Team Up With Private Sector To Boost Security For 2020 Games

Tokyo police team up with private sector to boost security for 2020 Games

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is poised to beef up security and implement wide-ranging counterterrorism measures along Tokyo's coastal areas where many of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic events are set to be held.

In addition to the creation of a specialized unit that will institute counterterrorism measures from the sea, the MPD will gain cooperation from railway companies whose trains run along the coast, to obtain security camera footage in times of emergency. With less than three years until the games are to begin, security preparations are being ramped up very quickly.

New National Stadium Starts To Take Shape For 2020 Olympics

New National Stadium starts to take shape for 2020 Olympics

Construction of the new National Stadium was in full swing on July 24, three years to the day when the venue will host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.

An aerial view of the site in central Tokyo showed concrete pillars arranged in a radial pattern in underground areas, along with numerous cranes, to form part of the gigantic structure's foundations.