Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

| May 11, 2015

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

by Tomohiro Osaki

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, demands for action are growing to overcome Japan’s notorious English-speaking phobia. To achieve that, discussions are underway for the capital to establish “English villages” — language education facilities aimed at improving students’ communication ability ...

May 6, 2015

Commemorative Tokyo Olympics coins said in the works

The government has begun preparations to issue a variety of commemorative coins for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, with the first eyed for release just after the end of the 2016 Games in Brazil, a government source said Tuesday. The Finance Ministry will work ...

Apr 23, 2015

JRFU chief Mori to step down in June

Yoshiro Mori, who heads the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said Thursday that he will step down as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union when his fifth term expires in June. The 77-year-old former Prime Minister had surgery in March for lung cancer. “Spending ...

Apr 18, 2015

Panel to consider ways to handle heat during Tokyo Olympics

A government panel at its first meeting Friday confirmed that measures will be taken to provide a comfortable environment for the athletes and audience during extreme summer heat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. With the games to be held between late July ...