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Futuristic, traditionally attired superheroes selected as Tokyo 2020 mascots

Feb 28, 2018

Futuristic, traditionally attired superheroes selected as Tokyo 2020 mascots

Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled Wednesday the official mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, based on a futuristic vision of the world with the two characters decked out in traditional blue-checkered and a pink cherry-blossom-theme attire, respectively. "(These designs) embody tradition, the future, cuteness and ...

Sunday's Tokyo Marathon will cause road closures, officials warn

Feb 23, 2018

Sunday's Tokyo Marathon will cause road closures, officials warn

Tokyo residents and visitors to the capital will face road closures starting early Sunday morning due to the 12th annual Tokyo Marathon. The Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the event's organizer, said 36,000 people will take part. The runners will depart from a plaza in front of the ...

English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world

Jan 28, 2018

English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world

The English-language learning programs in Japan's public schools have long been criticized for being too focused on rote learning. But Mio Horio, a 32-year-old English teacher from mountainous Shiga Prefecture, is challenging the nation's system and nudging her students to think outside the box. Horio's teenage ...