Mori to set up team to mull 2020 event lineup

Dec 10, 2014

Mori to set up team to mull 2020 event lineup

Yoshiro Mori, the chairman of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee, indicated Tuesday he intends to set up a review board in the near future to determine how to select additional events for the Summer Games. Mori announced the plan a day after the ...

Diplomat doing his part to sell Tokyo 2020

Dec 1, 2014

Diplomat doing his part to sell Tokyo 2020

by Kenta Koyanagi

Akio Miyajima, a career diplomat handpicked by Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe to head the capital’s foreign affairs activities in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to promote Tokyo as a resilient city. Masuzoe, who has been pushing active capital-to-capital diplomacy, ...

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

Nov 24, 2014

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

When Jingyan Hou made her first trip to Japan in 1997, the office worker from Beijing spent ¥200,000 during a weeklong stay on accommodations, meals, transport and souvenirs. On her second visit this year, she spent that much on just one Louis Vuitton handbag ...

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Nov 19, 2014

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Olympic venue costs for the 2020 Games could be reduced to about ¥260 billion ($2.2 billion) from an earlier estimate of ¥460 billion ($3.9 billion), according to a report released Wednesday following discussions between officials with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Olympic ...

Tokyo lays plans to scale down Olympic venues once games are over

Nov 12, 2014

Tokyo lays plans to scale down Olympic venues once games are over

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to scale down facilities for the 2020 Summer Games once the sports extravaganza is over, drawing a lesson from London’s post-Olympic management. After the London hosted the Olympics in 2012, some venues were converted to accommodate a smaller number ...

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

Nov 6, 2014

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

by Tomohiro Osaki

A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a “white elephant” that’s been stripped of its original designer’s artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available ...

Oct 30, 2014

Masuzoe tours London's former Olympic venues

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe has visited facilities in London which the city used to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday, Masuzoe inspected East Village, which housed athletes and is now a housing complex. He also ...

Oct 29, 2014

Ministers eye creation of new post to supervise 2020 Olympics

The Abe administration is planning to create a Cabinet post to oversee the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura said. The Cabinet agreed Tuesday to introduce legislation that will add a new minister in charge of preparations for the 2020 Summer ...