National Jul 4, 2014

Masuzoe pushes for new Tokyo guest palace before Olympics

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said on Friday that he would like to build a Japanese-style guest palace in Tokyo before the 2020 Olympic Games. "I want to build a Tokyo guest palace soon," Masuzoe said following a visit to the Kyoto State Guest House, which ...

Revamped inns target foreign guests

National Jan 21, 2014

Revamped inns target foreign guests

by Junji Yamaguchi

Amid the latest tourism boom and in preparation for intensifying competition for guests ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, major hotels in downtown Tokyo have set out to win the hearts of foreign visitors with massive renovations infused with Japanese aesthetics while also upgrading ...

Kumamoto in rush to take games to the mat

National Jan 9, 2014

Kumamoto in rush to take games to the mat

by Yasushi Kakizaki

Kumamoto Prefecture, the nation's biggest producer of rush but battling through sluggish demand, has gotten some welcome news: A ranking member of the Abe administration has suggested tatami mats may be used in the athletes' village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "It's a blessing," said ...

Editorials Oct 11, 2013

Preparing for the 2020 Olympics

The government plan to establish an athlete-nurturing Sports Agency ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics should not overlook the need for a stronger sports foundation nationwide.

Editorials Sep 10, 2013

Now Japan must deliver

Now that Tokyo has won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government must deliver on its promise to end the radiation leaks in Fukushima.

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

National Sep 9, 2013

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

Three London Olympics gold medalists gathered Monday at a shopping area in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, to celebrate the restoration of wrestling by the International Olympics Committee. Saori Yoshida, 30, Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, 27, and Kaori Icho, 29, broke a decorative "kusudama" paper ball and celebrated with ...