'Lube Olympics' makes slippery bid to rival 2020 Tokyo Games

Jul 18, 2015

'Lube Olympics' makes slippery bid to rival 2020 Tokyo Games

As a row over Tokyo’s Olympic stadium threatens to overshadow the city’s games preparations, the “Lube Olympics” is looking to offer a slippery alternative for daredevil athletes in 2020. Now in its third year, the oddball event sees contestants in crash helmets and lathered ...

Jul 13, 2015

Two new Tokyo subway lines being planned

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has proposed building two new subway lines from central Tokyo, one to Shinagawa and the other to the waterfront districts of Harumi, Toyosu and Ariake. The plan — affecting two areas that are already earmarked for major development projects — ...

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

Jul 8, 2015

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

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Half a century ago, the Tokyo Olympics ushered in a golden age for Japan’s capital, as industrial prowess made it the largest urban complex in history. Now the games are returning to mark the end of that growth. “This will be the final festival,” ...