Park receives letter from Abe asking for summit

Sep 20, 2014

Park receives letter from Abe asking for summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan’s wartime past, including the “comfort women” issue. Abe, in a letter handed ...

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 6, 2014

Olympics advisory panel mixed bag

by Masaaki Kameda

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has set up an advisory council consisting of 170 people from various parts of society to make sure the games are an “all-Japan” effort. Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who was convicted of insider trading and falsifying financial statements ...

IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

Apr 4, 2014

IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission is pleased with the efforts of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics organizing committee so far, Commission Chairman John Coates said Friday following a three-day visit to Tokyo. The visit represented the first working-level talks between the coordination commission, which will ...

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Feb 22, 2014

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Friday his remarks about figure skater Mao Asada, who placed a disappointing sixth in the women’s singles competition at the Sochi Games, were taken out of context. Mori, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic ...

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Feb 21, 2014

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the head of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic organizing committee, came under fire Friday after he criticized Japanese figure skater Mao Asada’s performance in the women’s short program at the Sochi Olympics. The two-time world champion finished 16th in Wednesday’s short ...

Games organizing committee clock is ticking

| Feb 17, 2014

Games organizing committee clock is ticking

by Masaaki Kameda

With the organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics up and running, preparations for the mega-project have commenced. The main hurdles it faces are how to amass the vast sums of money needed to stage the games and the personnel needed to run ...

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

Feb 9, 2014

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

by Jack Gallagher

Yoshiro Mori, the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee president and former Prime Minister, faced some tough questions from the international media at a news conference on Sunday morning at the Main Media Center for the Sochi Games. One reporter wanted to know ...