Japan's Hikaru Kitagawa dribbles past a defender during an Olympic qualifying match against North Korea at National Stadium in Tokyo in February.
OLYMPICS / Football
Jul 17, 2024
After Tokyo Olympic disappointment, Nadeshiko Japan look for redemption
For many, a disappointing effort on home soil in 2021 was a marker of just how far Japan's women's soccer team had fallen. Now the squad has its sights set on redemption.
The former chief of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, speaks during a news conference in Munich in 2016.
Jul 17, 2024
U.S. doping probe puts Olympic hosting at risk, former WADA chief says
Any country wanting to stage an international sporting event must be compliant with the anti-doping code and a U.S. probe may violate those rules, Dick Pound said.
Keiju Okada (left) and Miho Yoshioka compete in the 470-class mixed two-person dinghy event of the sailing world championships in August in the Netherlands.
OLYMPICS / Sailing
Jul 17, 2024
Japanese craftsmanship to play vital role in dinghy sailing in Paris
Fifteen of the 19 boats in the new 470-class mixed two-person dinghy event at the 2024 Paris Games will use sails made by North Sails Japan.
Members of Japan's women's Tokyo 2020 Olympic volleyball team. Along with table tennis and hockey, volleyball is set to be one of the sports at the 2024 Paris Games in which Japan's female players will don new uniforms that help protect them against secret photography while they compete.
Jul 16, 2024
New uniforms to help protect athletes against secret photography
The clothes will be used by Japanese athletes in volleyball, table tennis and hockey at the Paris Games.
Paris La Defense Arena will host swimming events during the 2024 Paris Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Jul 16, 2024
World Aquatics to strengthen testing of Chinese swimmers at Games
The first aquatics events of the Paris Games are set to take place on July 27.
Mai Tarumi, who previously volunteered at the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021, has a travel budget of ¥1 million for her trip to volunteer at the Paris Games.
Jul 14, 2024
She’s paying ¥1 million to help behind the scenes at the Paris Olympics
While news sites have suggested that being a volunteer is a way to attend the Games for “free,” that doesn’t apply to international volunteers like Mai Tarumi.
Japanese athletes during a send-off ceremony for the upcoming Paris Games, in Tokyo on July 5.
Jul 13, 2024
Mental health experts to join Japan delegation at Paris Olympics
It will be the first Summer Olympics during which such experts, called "welfare officers," will accompany Japanese athletes.


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