Olympics Jul 10, 2019

Recycling project for 2020 Games medals achieves goal

The recycled metal needed to produce next summer's 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals has been collected and refined, the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Wednesday. The collection campaign for obsolete mobile phones and other small electronic devices ran from April 2017 through this past March. ...

Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

National Feb 16, 2017

Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

Your old cellphone could be destined for Olympic greatness. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday started accepting unwanted digital devices to make medals for the 2020 Games. A box has been installed at City Hall in Shinjuku Ward to collect nine types of devices including cameras ...

National May 27, 2016

Double foreign winners of Japanese decoration and medals: panel

A government panel reviewing Japan's decoration and medal award system has proposed almost doubling the number of foreign awardees to 300 per year in a phased approach. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is expected to revise the system from this fall's awards based on Thursday's ...

State honors list names 704 people

National Apr 28, 2016

State honors list names 704 people

The government said Thursday it will award medals or honors to 704 people and 26 groups this spring, including movie director Masayuki Suo, for their distinguished performances and contributions to society. Suo, 59, known for "Shall We Dance?" and other works, will be one of ...

'Rakugo' storyteller Shinosuke, novelist Kirino among medal awardees

National Nov 2, 2015

'Rakugo' storyteller Shinosuke, novelist Kirino among medal awardees

Rakugo comic storyteller Tatekawa Shinosuke and novelist Natsuo Kirino are among 755 people and 15 groups receiving this fall's medals of honor for distinguished performances and contributions to society, the government said Monday. Along with Shinosuke and Kirino, Kyoto University professor Mitsuo Sawamoto, 63, and ...

Musician Kuwata, sushi chef Ono among autumn decorations recipients

National Nov 2, 2014

Musician Kuwata, sushi chef Ono among autumn decorations recipients

Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata and world-renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono are among the 755 recipients of this year's autumn decorations, government officials said Saturday. The Medal with Purple Ribbon, for contributions to academia, the arts and sport, has been awarded to eight men ...