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Olympics Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi supports Olympic ban of Russian athletics team

Japan's 2004 Athens Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi on Saturday welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to uphold its ban of Russia's track and field team over allegations of doping. The move prevents Russia's athletes from competing in track and field ...

Olympics May 12, 2015

JOC honors gymnast Uchimura

Gymnast Kohei Uchimura was named the most valuable athlete for the 2014 season by the Japanese Olympic Committee on Tuesday. Uchimura won the honor for capturing the men's all-around world title for the fifth consecutive time in October. He is the only gymnast to have ...

National Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. "It's important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition venues, ...

National Jan 14, 2014

Mori pitches Olympics 'for new age'

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday prior to his official appointment as chairman of the 2020 Olympics organizing committee that he will strive to make the event appropriate for "a new age." "I wasn't thinking of chairing the committee, but once I agreed to ...

National Dec 19, 2013

Exit regrettable, JOC chief says

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said Thursday he is sorry to hear that Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose is resigning over a money scandal, because he played a leading role in Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. "We will keep close contact with ...