Latest Japan Olympic Team News

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...

Victory for Olympic athletes in Germany to promote sponsors

Feb. 27, 2019 12:40 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In a win for athletes over Olympic restrictions, a German anti-trust agency has ruled that "abusive" limits on games-time promotional activities should be relaxed. The Olympic Charter's rules are "too far-reaching and thus constitute abusive conduct," the Federal Cartel Office said in an...

Tokyo and Japan offer tradition, expectation to Olympic golf

Feb. 25, 2019 5:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Golf returned to the Olympics three years ago in Rio de Janeiro after a 112-year absence. But few play golf in Brazil, which kicked up problems from the start when a top-notch course had to be built amid protests from environmentalists and ensuing court cases and charges of corruption. Unlike...

Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

Feb. 15, 2019 3:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-dollar...

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Feb. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo. The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country. She posted on...

Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign

Feb. 1, 2019 6:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee said Friday there is no need for another top Japanese official to resign despite being investigated in a bribery scandal. Toshiro Muto defended Tsunekazu Takeda, who is the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a vice president...

French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm

Jan. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc. From its 48-story headquarters in central Tokyo, Dentsu is...