The Games were supposed to showcase Japan’s recovery efforts following the devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Such efforts have been thwarted by the pandemic.
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In the final chapter of our five-part series, we look at how the mythos and mystery of the wolf continue to captivate and inspire.
Industrialization and deforestation played a part in the Japanese wolf’s supposed demise in the early 20th century. More than 100 years later, the ecological crisis is still with us.
The true identity of the Japanese wolf has attracted much research, and yet the elusive carnivore remains one of Japan's greatest zoological mysteries.
Hiroshi Yagi has devoted most of his life trying to prove the existence of the Japanese wolf, a saga that began with a series of piercing howls he heard more than half a century ago.
Was it an ominous premonition or just another blunder by a gaffe-prone politician? During an Upper House finance committee meeting on March 18 last year, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso described how exceptional events seem to overshadow the Olympics in 40-year intervals. Take the 1940 iterations, ...
The “phantom” 1940 Olympics, a haunted tunnel and scandals that rocked Tokyo 2020 — are the games cursed by the ghosts of Japan’s feudal lords?
In the first installation of a five-part series, we track a four-legged enigma that some believe might still be roaming the nation's mountains and forests.
Games organizers have been forced to confront ballooning costs, accusations of plagiarism and bribery, and — to top it all off — a crippling global pandemic.
With remote work likely to remain as one of the pandemic’s lasting legacies, developers are coming up with innovative new ways of meeting people’s expectations toward accommodation and living spaces.