Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

Jul 20, 2014

Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

by Yuzo Suwa

Citizens’ movements are underway to restore scenery around Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Bridge that was lost when an expressway was built over it 50 years ago in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The beautiful Renaissance-style stone bridge with statues of lion and “kirin” mystical creatures came ...

Jul 18, 2014

Japan to set up entity to examine casino plan for 2020 Olympics

Japan plans to set up a new body to examine the idea of setting up integrated casino-based resort facilities in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday. Officials from various government agencies will come together to work on ...

Jul 4, 2014

Masuzoe pushes for new Tokyo guest palace before Olympics

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said on Friday that he would like to build a Japanese-style guest palace in Tokyo before the 2020 Olympic Games. “I want to build a Tokyo guest palace soon,” Masuzoe said following a visit to the Kyoto State Guest House, ...

May 28, 2014

Tokyo to boost foreign-language signs, info ahead of 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is stepping up a joint project with the central government to add foreign languages to guide boards and other information sources for the 2020 Summer Games. Some 10.36 million people came to Japan from abroad in 2013, topping the government’s ...

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

May 7, 2014

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

by Masaaki Kameda

A college student in Tokyo has a lofty Olympic goal: to recruit half the 80,000 volunteers that the organizing committee for the 2020 Games and Paralympics hopes to enlist. In March, Kentaro Fujita, then a sophomore at Tokyo’s Senshu University, and four others established ...

Revamped inns target foreign guests

Jan 21, 2014

Revamped inns target foreign guests

by Junji Yamaguchi

Amid the latest tourism boom and in preparation for intensifying competition for guests ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, major hotels in downtown Tokyo have set out to win the hearts of foreign visitors with massive renovations infused with Japanese aesthetics while also upgrading ...

Kumamoto in rush to take games to the mat

Jan 9, 2014

Kumamoto in rush to take games to the mat

by Yasushi Kakizaki

Kumamoto Prefecture, the nation’s biggest producer of rush but battling through sluggish demand, has gotten some welcome news: A ranking member of the Abe administration has suggested tatami mats may be used in the athletes’ village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “It’s a blessing,” ...

Oct 11, 2013

Preparing for the 2020 Olympics

The government plan to establish an athlete-nurturing Sports Agency ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics should not overlook the need for a stronger sports foundation nationwide.