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.

Is Abe Using 2020 Tokyo Olympics To Promote Constitutional Revisions?

Is Abe using 2020 Tokyo Olympics to promote constitutional revisions?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's declaration that he wants to have revisions to the Constitution come into force in 2020 has raised questions over whether he is taking advantage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for his long-cherished goal of amending the postwar supreme law.

Tokyo To Shoulder All Costs For Olympics Temp Facilities

Tokyo to shoulder all costs for Olympics temp facilities

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Thursday the metropolitan government will in principle bear all the costs of temporary facilities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be built outside the capital.

Following a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Koike also said the two sides agreed to seek a framework under which the games' organizing committee will shoulder half of the costs for holding the Paralympics, and the other half will be equally shared by the central and Tokyo governments.

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.

Who: Japan Needs Anti-smoking Law Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics

WHO: Japan needs anti-smoking law ahead of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) -- A senior World Health Organization official says Japan should ban smoking in all public places if it wants to successfully promote tourism and host the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Japan is often known as a smoker's paradise. The health ministry is preparing legislation to limit secondhand smoking, but it faces strong opposition from smoking lawmakers and the tobacco industry.

Ex-hurdles Champ Takes Different Track To Olympics

Ex-hurdles champ takes different track to OlympicsUnable to make the Olympics as one of Japan’s top female hurdlers in history, Asuka Terada is taking a different track.
The 27-year-old Terada, who got married and gave birth after ending her athletics career, is trying her hand at rugby sevens in a bid to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Asian Winter Games Offer Athletes Ideal Prep For Olympics

Asian Winter Games offer athletes ideal prep for OlympicsWith the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent's leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.
The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.

Olympics Mascots To Be Decided In Open Competition

Olympics mascots to be decided in open competitionA panel with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee has decided to hold an open competition to choose the mascots for the 2020 Games.
The committee invited outside experts to suggest the selection method after being criticized for lack of transparency in choosing the Game's initial emblems.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Will Make Medals From Recycled Gadgets

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Will Make Medals From Recycled GadgetsIf you’ve ever been to Japan, then you know that the country is famous for its recycling efforts, to the point where a bottle isn’t just a bottle, but it can be further separated by its plastic wrapper, its bottle cap, and the body of the bottle itself. This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that their attitude towards recycling is being applied to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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.