Phelps poised for comeback

Apr 15, 2014

Phelps poised for comeback

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London ...

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

by Masaaki Kameda

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 ...

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

Mar 9, 2014

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year. And a ...

Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

Feb 20, 2014

Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

by Masaaki Kameda

To help ensure that foreign visitors can enjoy the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics without concern, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe says he will focus on making the city safer from disasters, improve access to public transportation and even encourage residents to brush up on their ...

Feb 7, 2014

Abe leaves for Sochi opening fete

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for Sochi, Russia, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and meet President Vladimir Putin with the aim of accelerating the negotiations over the bilateral territorial dispute. Abe met with Putin four times last year. His ...

Feb 4, 2014

Bokel keeps seat on IOC executive board

Claudia Bokel has retained her seat on the International Olympic Committee’s executive board representing athletes. The IOC says Bokel won re-election to chair its athletes’ commission for a further two years. Like IOC President Thomas Bach, Bokel is an Olympic medal-winning fencer from Germany. ...

Jan 10, 2014

Six men in Russia found dead in volatile region

Six men are dead in a series of unexplained killings involving booby-trapped bombs in southern Russia, further heightening security fears ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. Investigators were scrambling Thursday to find those responsible for the six bodies found Wednesday in four ...

Volgograd hit by second suicide bomb, sending toll past 30

Dec 30, 2013

Volgograd hit by second suicide bomb, sending toll past 30

A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the same group that set off a bomb at the railway station a ...