Apr 29, 2017

Government selects 4,185 people for spring honors

This year's spring decorations will recognize 4,080 Japanese and 105 foreign nationals for their achievements in business, culture and the arts, the government said Saturday. Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, 79, will be given the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the ...

Sep 30, 2016

Weekday holidays may be created in Tokyo to aid events at 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympics officials decided at a liaison meeting Thursday to examine a proposal to turn weekdays during the games into holidays under special legislation to facilitate the hosting of competitions using ordinary public roads. They also decided to consider introducing daylight-saving time during the ...

/ Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose someone ...