Nov 21, 2014

Japan to develop speech translation system for 2020 Olympics

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology said it will launch a group Dec. 17 tasked with developing a speech translation system ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The group will include such private companies as NTT Corp., KDDI Corp., Hitachi Ltd. ...

Tokyo lays plans to scale down Olympic venues once games are over

Nov 12, 2014

Tokyo lays plans to scale down Olympic venues once games are over

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to scale down facilities for the 2020 Summer Games once the sports extravaganza is over, drawing a lesson from London’s post-Olympic management. After the London hosted the Olympics in 2012, some venues were converted to accommodate a smaller number ...

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

Nov 6, 2014

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

by Tomohiro Osaki

A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a “white elephant” that’s been stripped of its original designer’s artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available ...

Oct 30, 2014

Masuzoe tours London's former Olympic venues

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe has visited facilities in London which the city used to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday, Masuzoe inspected East Village, which housed athletes and is now a housing complex. He also ...

Oct 29, 2014

Ministers eye creation of new post to supervise 2020 Olympics

The Abe administration is planning to create a Cabinet post to oversee the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura said. The Cabinet agreed Tuesday to introduce legislation that will add a new minister in charge of preparations for the 2020 Summer ...

Limits on casino entry for Japanese mulled to pass legalization bill

Oct 16, 2014

Limits on casino entry for Japanese mulled to pass legalization bill

Pro-casino lawmakers have agreed to consider putting limits on the ability of Japanese to patronize gambling establishments, bowing to pressure from opponents who have threatened to block a legalization bill unless it addresses issues such as gambling addiction. Such a revision would boost chances ...