Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Report: Tokyo Olympic board member under investigation

Jul. 26, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors searched the home of former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee executive board member Haruyuki Takahashi on Tuesday in connection with payments made to him by an Olympic sponsor of the Tokyo Games, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported. Kyodo said...

Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later

Jul. 21, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off. In his speech at the closing ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said...

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu stepping away from competitive skating

Jul. 19, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is stepping away from competitive figure skating, he said Tuesday. Hanyu seemed to leave the door open to a possible return of some sort. However, most of his focus seemed to be on skating professionally in exhibitions. ...

Tokyo chosen to host 2025 track world championships

Jul. 14, 2022 22:40 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Track and field officials awarded the 2025 world championships to Tokyo on Thursday, bringing runners, jumpers and throwers back to the home of last year's Olympics, where they competed in front of mostly empty stands. The World Athletics Council awarded the...

Abe impersonated 'Super Mario' to promote Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 09, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite his prominence as Japan’s longest serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe may have enjoyed his biggest moment at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics before 70,000 at the city’s renown Maracana stadium. As a video was shown with Abe portrayed...

Tokyo closes books on delayed Games; $13 billion price tag

Jun. 21, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The final price tag for last year's COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics was put at $13 billion (1.4 trillion Japanese yen), the organizing committee said Tuesday in its final act before it is dissolved at the end of the month. The cost was twice what was forecast in 2013 when...

Olympic filmmaker needed 2 movies to cover Tokyo turmoil

Jun. 17, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Kawase, the director of the official film of the Tokyo Olympics, acknowledged she was taken aback at first about her assignment. That was late in 2018 when she got the commission from the International Olympic Committee. The job never got any easier. ...

Toru Takahashi, respected AP Asia photo editor, dies at 62

Jun. 07, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toru Takahashi, a Tokyo-based photo editor and photographer for The Associated Press who spent his long career meticulously capturing images and sharing his wealth of knowledge with colleagues, has died. He was 62. Takahashi, who was being treated for lung cancer,...

Sapporo rejects holding referendum over bidding for Olympics

Jun. 06, 2022 03:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's northern city of Sapporo on Monday rejected holding a referendum to give voters a choice over bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics. The city's assembly, controlled by Japan's Liberal Democratic Party — which is also in charge of the national government —...

Tokyo a candidate for track and field world championships

May. 25, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The $1.4 billion Tokyo national stadium, built by the Japanese government for last year’s Olympics, is being viewed as a site for the track and field world championships. An inspection team from World Athletics — the governing body of the sport — met with Tokyo...