Jun 13, 2014

Masuzoe briefs IOC president on venue review

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday to explain his plan to review venues planned for the 2020 Olympics. “President Bach told us to have better contact with each international sports federation,” Masuzoe told reporters at a Tokyo ...

Jun 13, 2014

Wi-Fi blitz planned for Olympics

The government unveiled plans Thursday to provide more foreign visitors with speedy wireless Internet access before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will promote the spread of free Wi-Fi hot spots but also “encourage” the purchase of Japanese SIM cards for incompatible smartphones bought overseas. ...

Toranomon Hills opens Olympic blitz

Jun 11, 2014

Toranomon Hills opens Olympic blitz

Tokyo’s second-tallest building complex opened for business on Wednesday, presaging a series of development projects ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. Developed by Mori Building Co., the 52-story, 247-meter Toranomon Hills complex is topped by Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s first Andaz brand hotel in Japan, ...

Jun 10, 2014

Officials counting on tourism boom

The government said Tuesday it will make full use of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost international tourism numbers. The Olympics will provide a powerful tailwind to achieve the government’s target of drawing 20 million foreign visitors a year, the 2014 white paper on ...

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

Jun 6, 2014

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

by Elaine Kurtenbach

As Tokyo prepares to demolish the half-century old stadium that hosted the first Olympics in Asia, debate is raging over whether the colossal, futuristic replacement planned for the 2020 Games will help revitalize the capital or indelibly mar it. Tokyo, the frenetic center of ...

Mori eyes ¥1 trillion in projects ahead of Games

Jun 4, 2014

Mori eyes ¥1 trillion in projects ahead of Games

Mori Building Co., Japan’s largest closely held developer, is planning projects in central Tokyo worth an estimated ¥1 trillion with its partners, as the city prepares for the Olympic Games in 2020. Mori is opening Tokyo’s second-tallest building next week, and plans to develop ...

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

May 28, 2014

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

by Masaaki Iwamoto

At a construction site in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, worker Fan Xiuyu says he’s too busy to miss the wife and 6-year-old child he left behind in China. “I came to Japan to make money and learn advanced construction techniques,” said Fan, 29, a native ...

May 25, 2014

Tokyo Olympics turning into big party for scammers

The Consumer Affairs Agency is urging people to beware a growing number of investment scams capitalizing on the hoopla over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The agency warned that more consumers are being deceived by such pitches as, “Why not buy bonds for the construction ...