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 ...

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

May 24, 2016

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan


For major Japanese hoteliers, the impending merger between Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signifies the opening of a cutthroat turf war with what will be the world’s largest hotel operator in their home territory. Marriott is poised to expand ...

May 17, 2016

Fujitsu to co-develop 3-D laser tech to assist gymnastics scoring

Fujitsu Ltd. and the Japan Gymnastics Association will jointly develop a system to help judge gymnastics using three-dimensional laser sensors and data processing technology. The move seeks to address the “extraordinarily rapid advance of gymnastic techniques,” which has made it sometimes “difficult to accurately ...