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Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

/ Apr 12, 2018

Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

Reigning 66-kg world champion Hifumi Abe has agreed to a management contract under a new company established by three-time Olympic judo champion Tadahiro Nomura, the company announced Thursday. Although it is unusual for Japanese judoka to be managed while still attending college, the 20-year-old Abe ...

Mar 25, 2018

Saitama to find homestays for families of Tokyo 2020 athletes

Saitama Prefecture authorities from April will launch a project aimed at offering homestays to families of foreign athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The homestay project in the prefecture, where Olympic basketball, soccer, golf and shooting events are to take place, will ...

Japan's toilet 'Westernization' movement gains momentum

Jan 28, 2018

Japan's toilet 'Westernization' movement gains momentum

Japan has been working to convert its traditional squat toilets to Western-style commodes to accommodate the growing influx of foreign tourists. With many foreign visitors puzzled over how to use squat toilets and even shunning them as "unsanitary," the government has been promoting toilet modernization ...