Dec 25, 2014

Corporate tax break for exiting Tokyo worries Masuzoe

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe is concerned about the central government’s proposal to offer tax breaks to companies that move their headquarters out of the capital and other big cities. “I wonder if lower corporate tax rates are an effective incentive for companies to relocate ...

Dec 9, 2014

Tokyo 2020, Japan sports officials react to IOC reforms

After the IOC rubber-stamped IOC president Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020″ that will lead to a shake-up in the Olympic movement not witnessed in decades, positive reactions reverberated across Japan as it prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Games in less than six years. “Being able ...

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

Nov 24, 2014

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

When Jingyan Hou made her first trip to Japan in 1997, the office worker from Beijing spent ¥200,000 during a weeklong stay on accommodations, meals, transport and souvenirs. On her second visit this year, she spent that much on just one Louis Vuitton handbag ...

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 ...