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Tokyo 2020 construction worker dies, heatstroke suspected

Apo - A worker at a Tokyo 2020 Olympics construction site has collapsed and died, organisers said, reportedly of heatstroke as the Japanese capital swelters through a blistering heatwave.

Jordan Wilimovsky qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

25-year-old American swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky has a major reason to be proud. He just qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Tokyo unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

Apo - Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city prepares for the famed flower season to begin in coming days.

Stand By Me Foundation prepares U.S. swimmers for Olympic gold

The Stand By Me Foundation was co-founded by top Olympic swim coach David Marsh, as well as Marc Huberty, and Ambroise "Rowdy" Gaines.

Meet Billy Mills: Olympian and Track and Field Hall of Famer Special

Coos Bay - Olympic gold medalist and runner Billy Mills chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming film screening on October 30 at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, Oregon.

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

Apo - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.

Review: Team USA wins the most medals at 2018 Pan Pacific Championships Special

Team USA has won the most medals, and gold medals, at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, that were held in Tokyo, Japan.

Relief for Tokyo as first new 2020 Olympic venue opens

Toukyo - Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics Saturday in a welcome public relations boost for the organisers after a series of setbacks.

Japan PM Abe stung by huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote

Toukyo - A chastened Japanese Prime Minister vowed Monday to win back public support after his party suffered a historic drubbing in local elections that media chalked up to growing arrogance and analysts said threatened his continued hold on power.

Japan PM Abe set for huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote: exit polls

Toukyo - Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative party was set for a major defeat in the Tokyo assembly election Sunday, exit polls showed, as he struggles with a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity at the na...

Tokyo votes in local polls with national consequences

Toukyo - Tokyo residents went to the polls Sunday in a big test for embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ruling Liberal Democratic Party is facing a powerful challenge from the megacity's popular governor for control of the local assembly.

The 2020 Olympics may have medals made from electronic waste

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are hoping to source the gold, silver and bronze needed to make medals for the games from millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.

Medals at Tokyo Olympics may be made from discarded smartphones

Tokyo - Japan has a mine of old electronics and the country may have some use for them. The country is considering creating Olympic medals from the used electronics.

New Tokyo governor says defying party secured win

Toukyo - Tokyo's new governor Yuriko Koike on Monday credited her landslide victory to having stood up to the powers that be in Japan's ruling party who didn't want her to run.

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor: media exit polls

Toukyo - Veteran politician Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo on Sunday, media exit polls projected, becoming the first woman to lead Japan's capital.

Tokyo governor resigns over spending scandal

Toukyo - The governor of Tokyo resigned Wednesday over spending public money on lavish hotels and spa trips, the latest setback on the mega-city's troubled road to hosting the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo governor under fire for spending on luxury hotels, pyjamas

Toukyo - Tokyo's embattled governor apologised Wednesday in the face of rising public anger over alleged inappropriate spending on everything from luxury hotel suites to children's pyjamas.

Held captive for two years, teen girl escapes Tokyo kidnapper

Tokyo - After being held captive for nearly two years, a teen girl escaped an apartment Sunday morning after her captor went shopping and forgot to lock the door. The girl disappeared from her hometown of Saitama when she was just 13.

French prosecutors investigate Rio, Tokyo bids for 2016, 2020 Olympics

Paris - French prosecutors are investigating suspicions of corruption surrounding bidding for this year's Rio Olympics and the 2020 Games in Tokyo, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

Photo essay: Japan, new and old Special

Japan is a country with a little something for everyone — fans of history and architecture can get their fills of shrines and temples, while areas like Tokyo provide endless options for shopping and entertainment.

Arrested ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp to be released without charges

Kyodo - Prosecutors in Tokyo plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota Motor Corp. executive, from custody on Wednesday. Hamp was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing Oxycodone, a painkiller, into Japan.

Tokyo's real-life 'Harajuku Girls' Special

Tokyo - In a city renowned for its cutting-edge fashion scene, one neighborhood is known the world over for the imaginatively-dressed teenage girls who congregate there each weekend to flaunt their latest meticulously prepared looks—Harajuku.

Godzilla-themed hotel to open in Japan

Tokyo - If you've ever wanted Godzilla staring at you in your hotel room, a soon-to-be-opened hotel dedicated to the monster king can fulfill that desire.

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Tokyo - Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.

ICYMI: First there were beer slushies, now you can make your own

Tokyo - Japanese beer slushie innovator Kirin Ichiban launches the home-sized frozen brew machine, less than two years since his frosty beverages hit the scene.

Japanese pop group attacked by saw-wielding man

Members of Japan’s popular singing group AKB48 were injured in a violent attack by a man wielding a saw during a fan event.

Vending machines in Tokyo shut down for President Obama's visit

Tokyo - Just before the arrival of United States President Barack Obama, a number of ice cream and beverage vending machines were shut down in Tokyo. Reportedly, Japan is normally known as the kingdom of vending machines.

Japan arrests man over Anne Frank book vandalism

Tokyo - Japanese police Friday arrested a man suspected of tearing pages out of books written on Anne Frank. Police suspect the man is linked to the vandalism of more than 300 books related to the Holocaust, including the "The Diary of a Young Girl."

Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe's worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Tokyo prosecutors raid Novartis Japan offices in probe

Prosecutors in Tokyo raided offices of Swiss drugmaker Novartis <NOVN.VX> on Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged use of manipulated data to promote its best-selling blood pressure drug Diovan.
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Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) is guided to a meeting place by Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan to take up her first high profile job in public office, making a late start to a political career.
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Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Tôkyô, Japan
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MENU: A McDonald's restaurant in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
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A variety of shellfish, clams, mussels and abalone, are usually kept alive in oxygenated, filtered,flowing seawater.
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Protestor shout anti government slogans during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on June 30, 2014
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March against Monsanto, May 25, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
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A businessman walks past an electric quotation board displaying the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo
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Damage in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, Japan, caused by liquefaction during March 11, 2011 earthquake.
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A picture of a Starbucks in Tokyo.
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A street performer who calls himself Soul impressed the crowd with his balloon-animal skills and yo-yo tricks
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Tiny cars for tiny streets
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Huge clams on sale at the intermerdiate wholesalers area of Tsukiji Market.
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Large forklifts transport boxes with seafood within the market.
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Damage in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, Japan, caused by liquefaction during March 11, 2011 earthquake.
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