Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi supports Olympic ban of Russian athletics team

Japan’s 2004 Athens Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi on Saturday welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to uphold its ban of Russia’s track and field team over allegations of doping. The move prevents Russia’s athletes from competing in track and ...

May 12, 2015

JOC honors gymnast Uchimura

Gymnast Kohei Uchimura was named the most valuable athlete for the 2014 season by the Japanese Olympic Committee on Tuesday. Uchimura won the honor for capturing the men’s all-around world title for the fifth consecutive time in October. He is the only gymnast to ...

Swimmer Tomita denies stealing camera in South Korea

Nov 7, 2014

Swimmer Tomita denies stealing camera in South Korea

Swimmer Naoya Tomita has denied stealing a camera from a member of a South Korean media organization at a competition venue during the Asian Games in the city of Incheon on Sept. 25. “I didn’t steal the camera,” Tomita, 25, told a news conference ...

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics


Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. “It’s important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition ...

Jan 14, 2014

Mori pitches Olympics 'for new age'

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday prior to his official appointment as chairman of the 2020 Olympics organizing committee that he will strive to make the event appropriate for “a new age.” “I wasn’t thinking of chairing the committee, but once I agreed ...