Tokyo Olympic chiefs weigh private-sector venue funding

Dec 1, 2016

Tokyo Olympic chiefs weigh private-sector venue funding

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are entertaining the idea that venues built for the games could be financed and run by private-sector companies. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, central government and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee have vowed to cut costs for the games, having announced a ...

Foreign visitors to Japan tipped to reach 24 million in 2016

Nov 17, 2016

Foreign visitors to Japan tipped to reach 24 million in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan is expected to reach a record high of around 24 million in 2016, Akihiko Tamura, chief of the Japan Tourism Agency, said. The strong estimate, released Wednesday, reflects increases in international flights to Japan, including those run by ...

NHK to air yearlong Olympics drama in lead-up to 2020 Tokyo Games

Nov 16, 2016

NHK to air yearlong Olympics drama in lead-up to 2020 Tokyo Games

NHK’s popular yearlong period drama series for 2019 will focus on Japan’s involvement in the Olympic movement, a year before Tokyo hosts the summer games, the public broadcaster said Wednesday. Specifically, the drama will depict how Japan participated in the Olympics for the first ...

Nov 15, 2016

Dentsu rides wave of solid earnings connected to Rio Olympics

Advertising giant Dentsu Inc. reported solid group earnings Monday for the January to September period due to brisk ad revenue on the back of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics this summer. Although a simple year-on-year comparison is difficult as Dentsu has changed ...

Nov 6, 2016

Burying overhead power lines

Japan must move faster to eliminate the millions of utility poles that are blighting its landscape and bury power cables underground.

Sep 3, 2016

Fukushima could host 2020 events

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are working toward staging a baseball and softball game in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Fukushima Prefecture, a source close to the matter said Friday. Baseball and softball were among the five sports approved last month by ...