2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics organizers offer to pay volunteers 125 yen 【US$1.13】 an hour, critics unimpressed

Will the equivalent of one vending machine drink an hour be enough to gather the 80,000 volunteers the event is seeking?

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Coca-Cola gears up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with crazy tall vending machine in Japan

Want a bottle of coke? You’ll have to jump for it!

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Japan ministry urges universities to adjust curriculum to accommodate student Olympic volunteers

The shortage of capable volunteers is causing the government to turn to universities for resources. But does it really help?

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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony preliminary ticket prices announced, wallets cry across Japan

The real Olympic challenge might be scraping up enough cash to attend its start.

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Sexy, shirtless, heavily-armed Japanese centaur promotes ramen and sports, of course【Video】

Believe it or not, there’s actually a perfectly logical reason this manly mythical beast needs both a sword and a gun.

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics announces the winner of its adorable mascot election

All six candidates were cute enough to do the country proud, but these two are the winners.
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Tokyo Olympic committee comes up with clever way to let blind children help select Games’ mascots

Organizers find a way to let vision-impaired kids express their opinion of which of the adorable characters best represents Japan.

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics mascot finalists unveiled【Pics & Video】

These six mascots take their inspiration from sakura cherry blossoms, shrines, and Japanese fairy tales.

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World’s first artificial shooting stars gearing up for debut over Hiroshima

When you wish upon a star, make a reservation from where you are. ♪

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Japanese car rentals including stickers that read: “A foreigner is driving”

What do you do when you’re branded, and you know you’re a pretty decent driver?

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Tokyo Olympics committee head: Manga parade would be good for opening ceremonies, but not kabuki

Chairman singles out two aspects of Japanese traditional culture that people of other nations “wouldn’t understand.”

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The Tokyo Olympics might be taking its Akira anime connection too far【Video】

One of the bleakest depictions of Tokyo in all of film is part of Olympics celebration projection mapping project.

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2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will Blow. You. Away.

Japan hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964; three years from now marks their big chance to impress everyone on the world stage.

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Japanese convenience stores starting new anti-smoking measures in preparation for 2020 Olympics

The ashtrays in front of Japanese convenience stores aren’t there for people to smoke around.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics introduces its official ambassadors in new video, anime fans rejoice

Some of the most famous faces of anime are ready to welcome you to the 2020 Games!

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Pikachu and Super Mario left out of lineup of official spokescharacters for Tokyo Olympics

After some seriously high-profile involvement, Nintendo characters aren’t part of newest promotional push for 2020 event.

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Japan’s government reconsiders plan to change country’s iconic hot spring symbol after backlash

Two prefectures, both famous for their onsen, are particularly opposed to the switch.

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Japanese politician pushing to double price of cigarettes in Japan by start of 2020 Olympics

Proposed tax hike aims to reduce the number of people lighting up before the Olympic flame comes to Tokyo.

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Japanese government mulling indoor smoking ban to be introduced as early as next year

The pallor of smoke that covers so many restaurants and bars in Japan may become a thing of the past.

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Following the “onsen” symbol re-design, “hospital” mark might get a little makeover

The new pictogram gives off very few feelings of “hospital” though.

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