Table tennis prodigy Harimoto misses out on record

Feb 20, 2017

Table tennis prodigy Harimoto misses out on record

A 13-year-old Japanese table tennis prodigy has set his sights on the Tokyo Olympics after he narrowly failed to become the youngest champion in World Tour history in New Delhi. Fourteenth seed Tomokazu Harimoto lost to top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany 11-6, 11-8, ...

Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

Feb 16, 2017

Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

Your old cellphone could be destined for Olympic greatness. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday started accepting unwanted digital devices to make medals for the 2020 Games. A box has been installed at City Hall in Shinjuku Ward to collect nine types of devices ...

| Feb 13, 2017

Let's discuss bans on smoking

The health ministry is considering a legal revision banning smoking in public areas to help bring Japan's battle against secondhand smoke in line with the global standard ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

Feb 12, 2017

Takato, Abe, Hashimoto capture gold at Grand Slam Paris

Rio Games bronze medalist Naohisa Takato won the men’s 60-kg category at the Grand Slam Paris on Saturday, while fellow Japanese Hifumi Abe and Soichi Hashimoto also claimed the 66- and 73-kg categories, respectively. It was a strong showing by the Japanese men. Takato ...

White may compete in skateboard at 2020 Games

Feb 9, 2017

White may compete in skateboard at 2020 Games

The next Olympics are still a year away, and already, Shaun White is thinking about the games after that. And it has nothing to do with the halfpipe. The world’s best-known snowboarder tells AP he’s exploring competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in skateboarding, ...

JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

Feb 8, 2017

JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

At the request of France, Tokyo prosecutors have questioned Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and others on a voluntary basis over allegations that dubious payments were made by the bid team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Takeda told reporters on Wednesday ...