Tokyo Gives Diplomats Tour Of Olympic Venues

Tokyo gives diplomats tour of Olympic venues

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has given foreign diplomats in Japan a tour of venues for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than 500 days before they open.

More than 130 ambassadors and embassy staff members from 107 countries and territories took part in the tour on Thursday.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics Ticket Website Set Up

2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket website set up

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.

The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.

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Japan To Study Traffic Reduction For Olympics

Japan to study traffic reduction for Olympics

The Japanese government says it will conduct a pilot study this summer to reduce traffic congestion during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The government says it will run the pilot in July and August to simulate traffic during the Games.

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Tokyo Olympics Schedule Unveiled

Tokyo Olympics schedule unveiled

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has announced a detailed schedule for the 17-day event.

The committee on Tuesday released the schedules for 32 sports.

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Abe Visits Fukushima Soccer Training Facility

Abe visits Fukushima soccer training facility

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a soccer training facility in Fukushima Prefecture to see how reconstruction has progressed since the 2011 nuclear accident.

The J-Village training facility was used as an operational base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Abe Appoints New Olympics Minister

Abe appoints new Olympics minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to reappoint Shunichi Suzuki as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Suzuki will replace Yoshitaka Sakurada, who resigned on Wednesday over a comment that seemingly belittled reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

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Olympic Minister Sakurada Resigns

Olympic minister Sakurada resigns

The minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yoshitaka Sakurada, has stated he is stepping down over comments related to reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted his resignation.

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Japan's Olympic Minister To Resign

Japan's Olympic minister to resign

Japan's Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games says he will step down. Earlier, he called a ruling party lawmaker more important than the rebuilding of the area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Golf/ Nasa Hataoka Wins Kia Classic For 3rd Lpga Tour Win

GOLF/ Nasa Hataoka wins Kia Classic for 3rd LPGA Tour win

CARLSBAD, California--Nasa Hataoka won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara Golf Club for her third victory in her last 16 LPGA Tour starts.

The 20-year-old Japanese player closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over playing partner Inbee Park, top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Azahara Munoz and Danielle Kang.

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Japanese Men's Basketball Team To Be In Olympics

Japanese men's basketball team to be in Olympics

For the first time in 44 years, Japan's national men's basketball team will compete in the Olympics. It will be joining the women's team to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, decided at a central board meeting in Cote d'Ivoire on Saturday that the teams will be granted the automatic places given to the host country.

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Takakeisho Promoted To Sumo's 2nd Highest Rank

Takakeisho promoted to sumo's 2nd highest rank

Sumo wrestler Takakeisho has been promoted to Ozeki, the sport's second highest rank.

The Japan Sumo Association made the official decision to promote the wrestler, who was Sekiwake, the third highest rank, on Wednesday. Representatives from the association conveyed the decision to the wrestler and his stablemaster, Chiganoura, in a ceremony.

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Hakuho Wins 42nd Sumo Tournament

Hakuho wins 42nd sumo tournament

Sumo grand champion Hakuho clinched his 42nd title in the spring tournament in Osaka on Sunday. The Mongolian yokozuna beat another grand champion, Kakuryu, in the final bout.

Hakuho finished with a perfect record. Rank-and-file wrestler Ichinojo followed with 14 wins and one loss.

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Baseball Star Ichiro Announces Retirement

Baseball star Ichiro announces retirement

Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the US Major Leagues' Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement.

The 45-year-old outfielder held a news conference after the second of the two-game Opening Series against the Oakland Athletics finished in Tokyo on Thursday.

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Baseball Legend Ichiro Announces Retirement

Baseball legend Ichiro announces retirement

Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the Major Leagues' Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement.

The 45-year-old held a news conference after a game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Tokyo.

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