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.

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.

Olympics/ Don't Expect To Smoke At Tokyo 2020 Games

OLYMPICS/ Don't expect to smoke at Tokyo 2020 Games

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.

New Emperor To Open Olympics And Paralympics

New Emperor to open Olympics and Paralympics

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will likely open both the Olympic and Paralympic summer games in Tokyo in 2020 as the new Emperor.

Japan will host the two events after the Crown Prince ascends the throne on May 1st, following Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30th.

Paris Rules Out Baseball, Karate In 2024 Olympics

Paris rules out baseball, karate in 2024 Olympics

Baseball, softball and karate will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics but breakdancing is expected to make its Olympic debut.

Host cities are allowed to pick additional sports and the organizing committee for the Paris Games announced its candidates on Thursday.

Nec To Use Biometrics To Streamline Security At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

NEC To Use Biometrics To Streamline Security At The Tokyo 2020 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.

Refugee Athletes To Compete In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Refugee athletes to compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has decided that a team of refugee athletes will be formed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

IOC members unanimously endorsed the creation of the team at a session in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Ldp To Discuss Daylight Savings For 2020 Olympics

LDP to discuss daylight savings for 2020 Olympics

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 To Provide Their Song To The Special Olympics Nippon

GLAY to provide their song to the Special Olympics Nippon

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, La To Cooperate As Olympics Host Cities

Tokyo, LA to cooperate as Olympics host cities

Tokyo and Los Angeles have signed an agreement to cooperate on preparations to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike met Eric Garcetti, the mayor of the US West Coast city, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building on Wednesday.

Tokyo Begins 2-year Countdown For 2020 Olympics

Tokyo begins 2-year countdown for 2020 Olympics

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.