French language coming to Tokyo Olympics?

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English — or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and English. Printed material is largely in Japanese and English. French […]

Tokyo Olympics: Preparing for everything including a quake

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and government officials are preparing for everything, including an earthquake taking place during next year’s games. They ran a simulation disaster drill at the new Ariake venue that will be the site for gymnastics during the Olympics. Thursday’s drill presumed a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Tokyo Bay. Hundreds of firefighters, […]

PHOTOS: Crews work to complete Olympic venues in Tokyo

TOKYO (NEXSTAR) — Crews are working to complete venues ahead of next summer’s Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. The following images were captured the first week of December and made available via Getty Images: A report released last year by the national government’s Board of Audit said Japan is likely to spend $25 billion overall to […]

Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed

TOKYO (AP) — Want tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down. Millions were disappointed starting Thursday when applicants in a ticket lottery — for Japan residents, only — began learning if they landed tickets. The answer is going to be overwhelmingly — no. The same will be true for residents outside […]

Avant-garde posters unveiled as Tokyo Olympics near

TOKYO (AP) — The official posters are out for this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The 20 posters have been created by 19 artists in fields ranging from painting, graphic design and photography. Calligraphy and Japanese manga are also represented. Manga is the Japanese art of comics and cartooning, which is very famous in the […]

Domingo won’t perform at Tokyo Olympics cultural events

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won’t perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan. The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera and traditional Japanese Kabuki […]

Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons head north to Sapporo

TOKYO (AP) — After two weeks of bitter debate, the Tokyo Olympic marathon is still going north to Sapporo. And Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn’t happy about it. “I dare say, this is a decision without an agreement,” Koike said Friday, speaking through an interpreter at talks with the IOC and local organizers. She conceded […]

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English _ but where’s the French?

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English — or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and English. Printed material is largely in Japanese and English. French […]

PHOTOS: Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic rings have arrived in Tokyo. They sailed into Tokyo Bay on Friday on a barge and will stay there until the Olympics open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. The blue, black, red, yellow, and green rings will be replaced after that by the symbol for the Paralympics […]

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