Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Apr. 16, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. Hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital, organizers said Tuesday they will start the men's 50-kilometer race walk final at 5:30 a.m. The men's and women's marathon finals...

Japan's PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

Apr. 14, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics. The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi...

Japan Olympic minister resigns over disaster gaffe

Apr. 10, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Olympic minister resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his credentials. Yoshitaka Sakurada said he submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said he made comments...

Surf is up: Season opens for Olympics qualifying, equal pay

Apr. 3, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Qualifying for the inaugural Olympic surfing competition began Wednesday with a World Surf League event which also featured equal prize money for male and female board riders. Poor surf conditions at the regular Snapper Rocks venue on the Gold Coast meant officials moved the...

Tokyo Olympics organizers unveil torch for next year's games

Mar. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers have unveiled their torch for next year's games, playing off the image of Japan's famous cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom is Japan's most-loved flower. Organizers on Wednesday said the torch image was picked because the torch relay will begin a year from now in...

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends...

US hoops draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan in World Cup

Mar. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic, followed by games...

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the 'Robot Games'

Mar. 15, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games." Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the...

Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark

Mar. 12, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go. Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for next year's Tokyo Olympics. The pictogram system was first used extensively in 1964 when the Japanese capital lasted hosted the Summer...