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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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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Russia’s gold medal-winning skater gets a dog from Japan, picks an unusual Japanese name for it

Alina Zagitova wants to give her new Akita Inu a name that means “victory,” but there’s one thing she might be overlooking.

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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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Japanese women’s curling team becomes heroes thanks to talent and charm, wins 100 years of rice

After winning Japan’s first-ever medal in the sport, the five athletes are good on grains for quite a while.

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Japan Snow Battle Federation looking to make snowball fights Olympic event

It just isn’t winter games without a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

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Older female fans’ steamy comments about gold medal skater Yuzuru Hanyu spark debate online

Some call the sentiments creepy, while others say they mirror their own.

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Japan’s silver medalist figure skater has no time for love because he’s busy playing video games

With an Olympic medal on his resume, Shoma Uno says he’d like to enter a video game tournament.

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Controversy as journalist asks Olympic broadcasters to stop saying “Japanese people are amazing”

Call for more balanced language following gold and silver medals for Japanese figure skaters runs into strong backlash.

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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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Shows she still has what it takes after dominating national tournament with almost no practice time.

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Japanese athlete caught after slipping steroids into rival’s drink to further Olympic ambitions

Kayak racer achieves rare feat of getting suspended because someone else used steroids.

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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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Pyeongchang Olympics group wipes Japan off the map

It looks like some graphic designer was aiming for the gold medal in passive-aggressiveness.

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Bug-riddled Olympics game has Japanese Twitter in stitches with all of its glitches 【Video】

If hilariously bad game programming were an Olympic sport, this game would grab gold.

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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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