Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Sep 15, 2014

Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks. To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever. An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry ...

Aug 30, 2014

Japan plans to start 4K high-definition broadcasting by 2018

The government said it plans to start 4K and 8K ultra-high-definition broadcasting on BS channels by 2018 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the government will begin test broadcasting in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will ...

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. ...