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BJ-League Side Rizing Fukuoka President Go Takenaka Suspected Of Embezzlement

04 / 16 / 14

BJ-League side Rizing Fukuoka President Go Takenaka "was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee" on suspicion of embezzling 380M yuan ($3.7M), according to Odeven & Naga...

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02/21/14
Tokyo Gov. Lays Out 2020 Focus

To help ensure that "foreign visitors can enjoy the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics without concern," Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said that he will "focus on making the city safer from disasters, improve access to public transportation and even encourage residents to brush up on their English conversati ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

02/19/14
IOC Looks At Skateboarding, BMX

Energized by the additions of slopestyle and freeskiing to the Winter Games program, the IOC is weighing the addition of skateboarding and BMX halfpipe and park to the Summer Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games. IOC Sports Dir Christophe Dubi said he expects the IOC to recognize the Int'l Skate ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia, Japan

02/14/14
JGTO Sanctions New Tournament

The Japan Golf Tour Organization announced Thursday that "it will sanction" the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open, according to KYODO. The new event, to be held at the Grandee Nasushirakawa Golf Club in Fukushima Prefecture from July 31-Aug. 3, "means there will 25 tour events this season, the same as la ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Japan

02/14/14
Airweave Signs Deal With USOC

The U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced its first sponsorship in the mattress category with Airweave, a Japanese company that makes bedding toppers. Terms of the deal were not available, but Airweave is considered an official sponsor, and those deals are usually valued in the mid-six figur ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan, North America

02/11/14
Japanese Airline Sponsors Tanaka Outing

In what is undoubtedly a precursor to a number of Japanese brands buying MLB N.Y. Yankees advertising and marketing inventory, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has purchased the presenting sponsorship position on a re-broadcast of a '13 game pitched by Masahiro Tanaka, which will get two re-airs, along wi ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Japan

02/10/14
Tokyo 2020 Chief Faces Media Scrutiny

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee President and former Japan PM Yoshiro Mori "faced some tough questions from the international media at a news conference" in Sochi, according to Jack Gallagher of the JAPAN TIMES. One reporter "wanted to know why the 76-year-old Mori spoke in Japanese in ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan, Russia

01/28/14
Japan's Faces Labor Shortage For Games

Japan’s barriers to foreign labor are "showing signs of cracking" as preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics "threaten to exacerbate the worst shortage of construction workers in almost 20 years," according to Andy Sharp of BLOOMBERG. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said last week that ...

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01/27/14
2020 Organizing Committee Launched

The Japanese Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched the organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Friday with former PM Yoshiro Mori "as its head to start preparation in full swing," according to Masaaki Kameda of the JAPAN TIMES. JOC President Tsunekazu Ta ...

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01/14/14
Mori To Chair Tokyo Olympic Committee

Former Japan PM Yoshiro Mori "has agreed to serve as chairman" of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to the AP. Education and Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura, who doubles as minister in charge of the Olympics, "asked Mori to take the post." Mori, 76, "agreed readily." ...

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01/07/14
Tokyo 2020's $191B Economic Impact

The Institute for Urban Strategies said on Monday that Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games will generate up to 20T yen ($191B) "in spillover effects for the economy," according to KYODO. The institute said in its report that "hosting the Olympics could create roughly 1.21 million jobs n ...

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