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Top-ranking officials of the Japanese Olympic Committee delegation spoke on Monday about the country’s prospects for a strong performance at the upcoming Rio Olympics, expressing their hope for 14 gold medals as the team gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

Japan is hoping for a medal rush in the first half of the 17-day sports extravaganza, and an improvement on its meager showing in judo from the London Games where the sole gold was won by Kaori Matsumoto in the women’s 57-kg class. Overall, Japan won just seven gold medals at the London Games.

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