Kazunori Takishima bought 100 Tokyo 2020 tickets, saving and planning for years in hopes of attending the most Olympic events ever.
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Paul Noritaka Tange has paid tribute to Kenzo Tange's 1964 venue with his design for the 2020 Tokyo Aquatics Center.
IOC member John Coates has said the Olympics could be held even under a COVID-19 state of emergency, an opinion the union's leader said was infuriating.
With members age 60 to 89, Japan Pom Pom is proving that life doesn't stop as time advances.
Taro Kono said he expected to be able to get 10 million doses of vaccines each week in May but that the Olympics are not a factor in his scheduling.
Mixed signals from the games' organizers and a recent sexism scandal have left some would-be helpers lacking motivation.
Kono has seen his popularity surge even as the government of his boss, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has been battered by criticism over the pandemic.
The tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons which murdered his family, "Demon Slayer" is poised to become Japan's top-grossing film ever, thanks to a boost in fan numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its message of resilience.
Negative tests next week could allow the reigning Olympic champion to participate in a planned four-nation meet at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Nov. 8.
Banned from spas, hot spring resorts, some beaches and many gyms and pools, enthusiasts hope the presence of tattooed foreign athletes at next year's Tokyo Games will help sweep away suspicion surrounding their ink.