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.

Shimizu Eyes Karate’s Debut At 2020 Tokyo Games

Shimizu eyes karate’s debut at 2020 Tokyo GamesWith karate added to the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games, world champion Kiyo Shimizu watched the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a different perspective than usual.
“As I was watching, I was asking myself what would I be feeling if I were on the Olympic stage. I thought, do Olympic athletes care about such and such? It became a good learning experience,” Shimizu said.

Parties To Discuss Cost Sharing For Tokyo Olympics

Parties to discuss cost sharing for Tokyo OlympicsParties involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will soon start a serious debate on how to share the huge costs of hosting the Games.

The organizing committee estimates that total could be up to 1.8 trillion yen, or about 15 billion dollars.

Race To Install Platform Doors As Need For Universal Design Grows Ahead Of Olympics

Race to install platform doors as need for universal design grows ahead of OlympicsManufacturers of platform edge doors -- installed on railway platforms to prevent people from falling onto the tracks -- are experimenting with ways to lower their costs.
At JR Hachiko Line's Haijima Station, three yellow bars that form a fence-like structure, created by Tokyo-based traffic equipment manufacturer Takamisawa Cybernetics Co., have been test run since March 2015. They have the appearance of ropes on a pro-wrestling ring, but when a train approaches the station, they rise while making beeping sounds. A 75-year-old homemaker who uses the station said, "It gives me peace of mind that I won't accidentally fall onto the tracks."