Latest Japan Olympic Team News

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...

Tokyo Olympic film debuts in Japan; headed next to Cannes

May. 23, 2022 05:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The documentary film about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital. The work of Japanese director Naomi Kawase, the 120-minute film looks at the Olympics primarily from the point of...

Perseverance paying off for older rookies in the WNBA

May. 20, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Yvonne Anderson understood that making a WNBA roster as an undrafted rookie was going to be tough and getting that chance a decade after she left college would be even tougher. But the former Texas standout, now 32, was invited to camp this spring by the...

Slingsby's Aussies aim for SailGP 3-peat, another $1M check

May. 13, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

The Champagne showers from Team Australia’s Season 2 championship have barely dried and SailGP is already starting another dash for $1 million in cash. The third season of tech tycoon Larry Ellison’s global league begins this weekend on the turquoise waters of Bermuda’s Great...

Column: US lands 2031 Rugby World Cup, if anyone cares

May. 13, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

The United States has landed another World Cup. Before you start celebrating or making travel plans, a couple of caveats: It's still more than nine years away. And, uh, it's the Rugby World Cup. The sport that most Americans have only the...

All-Japan committee meets to promote Sapporo Olympic bid

May. 10, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs. However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030...