Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Aug. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting...

10 things to know about the FIBA World Cup

Aug. 5, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball opened training camp Monday for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. Here are 10 things to know about the tournament and the Americans' quest for an unprecedented third gold medal in the event. ___ WHAT IS IT? The World Cup is a 32-team tournament running from...

1 Year: Tokyo Olympics unveil gold, silver, bronze medals

Jul. 24, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — With exactly one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics open, organizers marked the day by unveiling the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will symbolize the 2020 Games. Thousands of politicians, sponsors, and fans jammed a massive exhibition hall in central Tokyo on Wednesday, piling on...

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 23, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tuesday by Gracenote Sports, which supplies statistical analysis for sports leagues around the world. Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis...

PHOTOS: Tokyo 2020 _ Japan's capital 1-year until Olympics

Jul. 22, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

The Summer Olympics will return to Tokyo next year for the first time since 1964. The world's best athletes will be on display, of course, but so will Japan's sprawling capital — a dense mix of the traditional and the eccentric. Small shrines and ancient temples nestle alongside gleaming towers and...

Year to go to Tokyo Games, with costs, ticket demand rising

Jul. 22, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has hit 365 days. To mark the year-to-go mark, the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals are to be unveiled Wednesday as part of daylong ceremonies around the Japanese capital. Tokyo's 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new...

Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand

Jul. 22, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year. Tokyo was supposed to be a "safe pair of hands" after Rio de Janeiro's corruption and...

Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field

Jul. 21, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor,...

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. There was no podium ceremony. That protocol was introduced in 1932 at the Winter Games in Lake Placid and the Summer...

Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans

Jul. 5, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in June. The new "second-chance" lottery is being organized on short notice because of unprecedented demand in...