Tag pushed as an Olympic demo sport

Jun 20, 2014

Tag pushed as an Olympic demo sport

by Tomohiro Osaki

If there is one thing Yasuo and Takao Hazaki feel confident about outdoing any other father-son duo in, it is their intense commitment to the ancient playground game of “onigokko,” or team tag. In 2010, Yasuo Hazaki, 65, a social science professor at Josai ...

Jun 19, 2014

IOC grants Japan broadcast rights for $1 billion through 2024

The IOC has awarded the Japanese broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 in a deal worth ¥110 billion ($1 billion). A consortium including NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association secured the rights Thursday to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ...

Sports spectacles face backlash

| Jun 14, 2014

Sports spectacles face backlash

Plagued by delays and opposition at home, the World Cup in Brazil might be a turning point for sporting mega-events, forcing soccer’s governing body and the International Olympic Committee to accept less ambitious bids to reduce the risk of public backlash. Described by Brazil’s ...

Jun 13, 2014

Masuzoe briefs IOC president on venue review

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday to explain his plan to review venues planned for the 2020 Olympics. “President Bach told us to have better contact with each international sports federation,” Masuzoe told reporters at a Tokyo ...

Jun 13, 2014

Wi-Fi blitz planned for Olympics

The government unveiled plans Thursday to provide more foreign visitors with speedy wireless Internet access before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will promote the spread of free Wi-Fi hot spots but also “encourage” the purchase of Japanese SIM cards for incompatible smartphones bought overseas. ...

Jun 10, 2014

Officials counting on tourism boom

The government said Tuesday it will make full use of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost international tourism numbers. The Olympics will provide a powerful tailwind to achieve the government’s target of drawing 20 million foreign visitors a year, the 2014 white paper on ...

Murofushi captures 20th consecutive title at nationals

Jun 7, 2014

Murofushi captures 20th consecutive title at nationals

Two-time Olympic medalist Koji Murofushi won his 20th straight hammer throw title Saturday at the national athletics championships. The 39-year-old Murofushi, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the bronze at the 2012 Games in London, won his newest title ...

May 30, 2014

Hokkaido Ainu culture center to be built by '20

The government hopes to open a center for Ainu culture in Hokkaido before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, sources said. A basic policy on how to manage the center will be set out at a Cabinet meeting in June, informed sources said Thursday. ...