Jul 19, 2016

Japan to dispatch 331 athletes to Rio

The Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday it is sending a total of 331 athletes to the Rio de Janeiro Games. The JOC said 167 men and 164 women will represent Japan in Rio next month. It is Japan’s third-largest group at the Olympics after ...

Jun 7, 2016

JOC anounces ¥5 million bonus for Rio gold medalist

Japanese gold medalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will receive a ¥5 million ($46,400) bonus, up ¥2 million from four years ago, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday. Japan is targeting 14 gold medals in Rio. The money for a silver and ...

Mar 25, 2016

Fukuoka plans bid for 2026 Asian Games

Fukuoka Prefecture is moving toward being the second prefecture to make a bid to host the 2026 Asian Games, an informed source said Thursday. Fukuoka’s bid will follow that of Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, which confirmed its intent in January. The Japanese Olympic ...

Oct 20, 2015

Hashimoto appointed Japan's Chef de Mission for Rio Olympics

Former Olympic speed skater Seiko Hashimoto will make history as the first female Chef de Mission at the Summer Olympics, when she leads Japan’s delegation to next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. The Japanese Olympic Committee on Tuesday named the seven-time Olympian to reprise ...

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 ...

S. Korea rejects talk of Nagano share in '18

Dec 8, 2014

S. Korea rejects talk of Nagano share in '18

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizers said Monday they had no intention of moving any events outside South Korea, following reports that some competitions may be shifted to Japan in an effort to save costs. “All necessary preparations are under way . . . on ...

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director

Jun 24, 2014

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director


Former Olympic hammer-throw champion Koji Murofushi has been appointed sports director of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Fluent in English, the 39-year-old Murofushi was appointed Tuesday to the role which acts as a liaison between athletes, international sports federations and the organizing committee. “The most ...