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.
Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don't contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.
However, don't expect to puff away at next year's Tokyo Olympics.
#CEATEC2018 – One of the ways to verify someone’s identify and a way that is commonly used today is to ask for an ID card. The problem with such a system is that people might forget to bring their IDs, or IDs can be easily faked, and not to mention the time it takes for someone to take their ID out of their bags, wallets, or purses can slow down the entire process.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suggested that the Liberal Democratic Party discuss a proposal to introduce daylight savings time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Abe met with Tokyo Games officials at the prime minister's office on Tuesday. They included the Games' organizing committee chairman Yoshiro Mori, who is a former prime minister, and Toshiaki Endo, the former minister in charge of the Games who now heads the task force to carry them out.
GLAY's new song "YOUR SONG" has been picked up as the official support song for the Special Olympics Nippon.
"YOUR SONG" was written by TERU (Vo) when he visited Chicago for the 'Special Olympics Unified Football Cup Chicago' (held July 17 ~ 21) to cheer on the Japanese team. On the song, he said, "Since this is the official support song for the Special Olympics Nippon, it's a song that is entrusted with extraordinary feelings. The Apecial Olympics is probably not recognized much in Japan, but I hope people will come to know it through 'YOUR SONG'."
Tokyo is marking exactly 2 years before the opening of the 2020 Olympics. Organizers face a host of tasks, including measures to deal with heat and humidity.
The 2020 Tokyo Games are set to officially open on July 24th and end on August 9th. A record 339 events in 33 sports are planned during the 17 days.