Advertisements


Gearing up for 2020 Olympics, Japan breaks tourism record

A record number of tourists visited Japan last year, the government said Friday, as the country gears up to welcome the world to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Some 28.7 million foreign tourists entered Japan in 2017, meaning the country has tripled its number of visitors in the past five years amid a massive promotional drive ahead of the Olympics. This was a nearly 20 percent gain on the previous year, driven by Chinese tourists taking advantage of more frequent low-cost flights to Japan. According to figures up to November, Chinese tourists led the way with 6.79 million trips, just ahead of South Korea with 6.46 million. Tokyo has eased visa requirements, expanded...Keep on reading: Gearing up for 2020 Olympics, Japan breaks tourism record.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 12th, 2018

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

TOKYO --- With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals for the 2020 Olympics, almost double the national record. The most gold medals Japan has won at the Summer Olympics is 16 --- in 1964 at Tokyo and in 2004 at Athens. At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, Japan claimed the sixth-highest number of gold medals with 12. The Asian Games, being held Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang, are an important stepping stone. While Japan ...Keep on reading: With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Record heat broils Japan, prompting warnings

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese officials issued new warnings Monday, July 23, as a deadly heat wave blankets the country, producing record high temperatures  in Tokyo just two years before the city hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics. Officials said last week that the heat wave had killed at least 15 people and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

TOKYO, Japan – New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said Tuesday, October 16, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Japan is hoping to attract around 40 million tourists annually by the time ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News13 hr. 10 min. ago

Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning

TOKYO --- An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers. The most powerful typhoon in 25 years left 11 dead in the Osaka area of western Japan when it struck Sept. 4. A few days later, a deadly earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido and killed about 40. John Coates, an Australian who heads the inspection team, says what happened "has hit home to me." Coates helped organize the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He says organizers there simulated disasters, but he adds "you don't have to dream anything up in this country, it's very sad to say." He s...Keep on reading: Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Margielyn Didal s uphill climb to Asian Games gold

PALEMBANG - Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Arda Didal reigned supreme in the women's street competition at the 2018 Asian Games from start to finish. The 19-year-old Cebuana paced the pack after her second run and never looked back to bag the Philippines' fourth gold medal. Didal was so dominating that she posted an untouchable top score of 30.4 points for her smashing Asian Games debut. Japan’s Isa Kaya placed a distant second with 25.0 points from the combined two runs and two top tricks with 25.0 for silver while 12-year-old Nyimas Bunga of Indonesia took the bronze with a tally of 19.8 in this captivating millennial sport making its maiden appearance in the quadrennial, 45-nation sportsfest. “I am very happy I did my best. Sobra ang saya po, lalung –lalo na sa mga skateboarders natin,” said the gregarious Didal, who  lived up to her billing as the top favorite after her devil-may-care showing at the packed arena. After her resounding win, Didal revealed the hardships she had to work through just to get some practice back in Cebu. Asian Games Skateboarding Gold medal winner Didal from Cebu recounts hardship just to practice ‘hinahabol kami ng police kasi Bawal’ pic.twitter.com/tKaQbDJWWT — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Sa streets lang, hinahabol kami ng pulis, mga security pag may nakitang nag-skate," Didal told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo via video interview. "Minsan po pag nasa mall, pag nakahawak ka ng board, bawal ka pumasok," she continued. “Gusto ko rin na maipakita na skateboarding is a serious sport but can also be fun as well.” Didal's mother is a streetfood vendor back in Cebu, while his father is a carpenter. Both her parents were unable to accompany or even witness her historic feat. With the win however, a lot of opportunities are set to arise for the young skateboarder.  Didal will receive P6 million in incentives from the government and other groups as a reward for gold medalists in the Asiad, and she plans to use the money to finally bring her family to her next event. Margielyn’s mother is a street food vendor in Cebu , her father a carpenter. She hopes to be able to get them a passport so they can be at her next comp abroad . pic.twitter.com/QADA0LoXtQ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Kukuhan ko rin sila (parents) ng passport after Asian Games kasi maraming invitations sa skate event. Para makasama sa next event ko, sa Brazil," she bared. Skateboarding made its debut in this iteration of the quadrennial meet, and will become a medal sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Didal trained in the United States for two months before competing in Indonesia, with nothing more than a dream to erase skateboarding's negative connotation in the country.  "[Para] sa skate scene sa Pinas, manibago naman yung tingin ng ibang tao sa skateboarding," an emotional Didal bared. Now a gold medalist, Didal hopes her success leads to better support for the discipline.  Margielyn spent 2 months training in the USA sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation , NB , POC . She gets emotional talking about how she hopes skateboarding would be given attention as a Sport . pic.twitter.com/ORTcIE4jPI — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Didal leanred to skate in the streets of Cebu . She hopes there will be Public Skateparks set up around the country as so much talent among Pinoys in this Sport , says the 19 yr old . pic.twitter.com/c3T7Lt4aUK — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Her golden achievement was the fourth mint courtesy of Pinoy female athletes after weightlifter Hidylin Diaz, golfer Yuka Saso and the PH women’s gold squad, and the first major contribution of the compact national contingent competing in 10 events here to the country’s overall medal tally.      Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas and chairman Bambol Tolentino, who went straight from the airport to the venue,  arrived just in time to witness  the former street kid go  from strength to strength in garnering  “I am blessed to witness this great event by a young girl, a carpenter’s daughter and former street kid, who did so well.  Because of her hard work and belief in herself she is now where she is,” noted Vargas after witnessing Didal’s impressive run. “Congratulations Margie. The country is grateful for your efforts and sacrifices ,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez in statement from Manila immediately after learning of the Cebuana’s accomplisthment. “We are arranging a hero’s welcome for  you. “Your PSC family is behind you all the way. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino.” Also greeting Didal immediately after her victory were deputy chef de mission Manny Cabili  and POC officials Col. Jeff Tamayo and Jonne Go. A veteran of the prestigious Street League championships in London last May – the first Southeast Asian to be invited to the event – Didal led from start to finish, setting the tone of the lopsided contest with an opening score of 6.7 points, highlighted by a difficult  ”Board Slide” on the railings after taking the higher platform.      Using a 8Five2 yellow skateboard, she displayed her own version of hang time with an “Ollie” on her second run to go comfortably ahead with 14.4 points to second-running Isa’s 13.3, and seemingly was just getting started. In the tricks section, where the two best scores out five tries count , Didal went full throttle with another “Board Slide” to net 6.0 in her initial run, took it easy with a 3.7 output in the second, before wrapping the gold up with eye-popping scores of 7.1 and 8.9 points in the third and fourth attempts. With a flair for the dramatic, her coup de grace was an acrobatic “Backside 50/50, 360-degree Flip Out” that drew oohs and ahhs from the gallery – an astonishing feat considering that it was the first time she did it in a major international competition. “This was the first time that Margielyn tried that stunt and is the highest score garnered by any skateboarder so far in the street event,”noted Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria. Didal and the rest of the skateboarding were scheduled to return to Manila on Thursday in what undoubtedly will be a hero's welcome for the country’s latest golden Asian Games sensation. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Swimmer Rikako Ikee: A smiling face for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan's Rikako Ikee hold sup her gold medal after winning the women's 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Liu breaks 50-meter backstroke world record at Asian Games

Women's 50m backstroke gold medalist China's Liu Xiang, centre, stands with silver medalist China's Fu Yuanhui, left, and bronze medalist Japan's Natsumi Sakai on the podium dur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Japan go from prostitutes to podium at Asian Games

Teenager Rikako Ikee spearheaded a golden night for Japan's swimmers on Monday after the expulsion of four basketball players for using prostitutes rocked the Japanese team at the Asian Games. Ikee, 18, won the women's 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly, Kanako Watanabe took women's 200m breaststroke gold and Japan's men beat Sun Yang's China in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Sun, China's fearsome triple Olympic champion, won the Games' inaugural 800m freestyle title but Japan still outshone their fierce Asian swimming rivals by four gold medals to three. It provided a positive end to the day for Japan, who will host the next Olympics in 2020, after the four basketball players were c...Keep on reading: Japan go from prostitutes to podium at Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

TOKYO (AP) - With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. T.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

New league out to help grow 3x3 in Philippines

Carrying the Philippine flag high and competing at a global level in 3x3 basketball - that is at stake in the Sina 3x3 Golden League Manila 2018. The first-ever tournament hopes to ride the rising tide of 3x3 as a sport - especially now that it is part of the medal tally in the Olympics. "With the introduction of 3x3 as a medal sport in Tokyo 2020, we want to enable more people to showcase their talent and present them with a global platform in Beijing," managing director Lars Heidenreich of Mediapro Asia, the organizers of the event, said. A total of 128 teams from the Philippines, Australia, Japan, Serbia, Taiwan, UK, and USA will vie for cash prizes of USD 3, 000 for the champion; USD 2, 000 for the first runner-up; and USD 1, 000 for the second runner-up. More importantly, they will be battling for the crown in the Manila tournament with the champion headed to Beijing for the inaugural Sina 3x3 International Elite League from November 13 to 17. There, the Philippine champion will compete against 11 of the best teams from around the world for the right to be named the first-ever Elite League champion as well as a cash prize of USD 50, 000. The three-day eliminations is scheduled on September 12 to 14 at the Taft Food by the Park in Manila and then the playoffs and Finals are set for September 15 at the Vista Mall in Taguig......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Old and new in Tokyo 2020

TOKYO, Japan–The opening and closing ceremonies at Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics Games will showcase Japan’s ancient and modern sides, the traditional theatre actor newly appointed to direct the events said Tuesday. The appointment of Mansai Nomura, who performs in Japan’s centuries-old classical theatre and is well known domestically, may suggest the importance that the country’s traditional […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat

TOKYO --- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games. Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer that has resulted in more than 65 deaths nationwide. The temperature on Monday reached 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), the highest ever recorded in Japan. Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to discuss the possibility of introducing daylight saving time during the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee decided this month the marathon...Keep on reading: 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Tokyo Olympic venues make progress with 2 years to go

TOKYO --- The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying the project is 40 percent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony. Located in central Tokyo, the Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Games. The JSC, the government-funded stadium operator, says the 68,000-seat stadium is on schedule to be finished in November 2019. It will host the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020 as well as athletics and the closing ceremony. The construction was more than a year behind schedule when it started in December 2016, as an earlier stadium plan was scrapped because of spiraling cost...Keep on reading: Tokyo Olympic venues make progress with 2 years to go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Japan s new Airbnb law : a double-edged sword

TOKYO, Japan – Rental platforms like Airbnb are hoping for a boost from a new law coming into force next month in Japan ahead of an expected surge in demand for the 2020 Olympics, but experts warn it could actually hamper business in the short-term. Currently ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Recycling efforts for Olympic medals far from finish line

PHOTO from The Japan News/Asia News Network TOKYO -- Amid efforts to use only recycled metals in the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, there is growing concern over a shortage of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

World-record, ultra-thin condom to debut in 2020 Tokyo Games

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese condom makers are ramping up preparations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, seeing a golden opportunity to showcase their world-record ultra-thin products. For years, hundreds of thousands of condoms have been distributed for free to competitors at Olympic Games in a bid to encourage safe sex ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Boxing out?

If you happened to be a fan of amateur boxing in the Olympics, there is a possibility that you will be left disappointed in the next Summer Games in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, if the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) concerns over it are not addressed and decides to push through to scrap the event altogether. […] The post Boxing out? appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Travelers shattered tourism records around the world in 2017

The numbers are trickling in from tourism offices and it seems that 2017 was a banner year for many parts of the world. Japan posted a record 28.7 million tourist visitors in 2017, marking the sixth consecutive year of growth for the country, reports The Japan Times.Moreover, the record-breaking tourist arrivals in 2017 marks an impressive 20 percent increase from the previous year. Despite the achievement, tourism minister Keiichi Ishii said the country needs to diversify its tourist market, which is dominated by visitors from neighboring Asian countries. He credited the rise to discount flights from South Korea, cruise ships from China and the relaxed visa requirements for...Keep on reading: Travelers shattered tourism records around the world in 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Squat thrust: Japan on Olympic drive to get rid of ‘squat’ toilets

Japan has launched a campaign to convert unpopular Asian-style squat toilets into sit-on “western” models, as the nation prepares to welcome tens of millions of foreign tourists in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The high-tech country is famous for its toilet technology that can bewilder foreign visitors, with features ranging from seat warming… link: Squat thrust: Japan on Olympic drive to get rid of ‘squat’ toilets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

RP Blu Girls set sights on 2020 Tokyo Olympics

With the return of Softball in the upcoming 2020 Olympics, the Philippines is making a serious run to book a trip to Tokyo. The first step in qualifying for the 2020 Olympics is the 11th Asian Women Softball Championships next week in Taiwan where the RP Blu Girls will compete. Actually, not just compete. Our world no. 17 softball squad will go after a medal. However, it's not going to be easy though. Despite the Blu Girls being ranked fourth best in Asia, three Asian teams belong in the top 10 in the world. Japan is no. 1, China is no. 6, and Taipei is no. 9. All of them will also compete in the Taiwan tournament, not to mention the always-dangerous South Korea who are 26th in the world and fifth in Asia. Still, there is quiet confindence from the Blu Girls after a banner year. "Trying to look at it from the last Asian Games and the last tournaments that we have been playing, we have beaten top-10 teams. I think we can do it," head coach Venerando Dizer said. This year alone, the RP Blu Girls have scored impressive wins over world no. 3 Canada and world no. 4 Australia. The team also already beat Taipei twice. The Blue Girls will open the Asian Championships on November 28 against no. 1 Japan. "We're playing Japan right away, for me, I would rather play them right away so that at least from there, we can adjust to qualify for the playoffs," Dizer said. MISSION POSSIBLE: TOKYO OLYMPICS With the return of softball to the Summer Games, the primary goal for the Blu Girls is to nab one of the six spots available in the quadrennial showcase. And with a team that is described as the country's best in quite some time, the people behind the program are confident that the Blur Girls can make a serios run for it. "You can tell, that even from the 19-under level, our girls are getting ready to move up the world rankings. We are very, very happy to seee the potential of us being a Olympic-level team in the future," Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) president Jean Henri Lhuillier said. "2020 is going to be tough with only six spots, but we're gonna try," he added. "That's the goal."   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017