Chinese Embassy Blasts Reuters For Using Ugly Photo Of Weightlifter Who Won Gold

TOKYO| The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka criticized Reuters for its photo choice about Zhihui Hou’s first-place finish in the Women’s 49kg Weightlifting competition. Hou set Olympic records in three different categories — snatch, clean and jerk, and total — bagged gold on July 24 with a total of 210 kilograms (462.971 pounds) and created a …

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The 5,000 medal cases for the Tokyo Olympics were all hand-made by a handful of craftsmen in a town with a population of 4,400 in Hokkaido.

JAPAN| The 5,000 medal cases for the Tokyo Olympics were all hand-made by a handful of craftsmen in a town with a population of 4,400 in Hokkaido. The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each case pays tribute to the Olympians who have reached …

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Olympic ‘watch parties’ turn Tokyo parks into booze fests

TOKYO| While millions of Tokyoites are watching the Olympics from their homes, many others enjoy the Olympics in the parks, drinking beer, and cheering on the Japanese athletes to win the most recent medals. This is the reality of an expanded state of emergency that the government has declared as COVID-19 cases continue their rapid …

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When Italian Volleyballers Suddenly Realize Their Japanese Opponent Speaks Italian(VIDEO)

TOKYO| Yuki Ishikawa, a Japanese professional volleyball player, is from Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture. Ishikawa, who plays as an outside hitter, is the captain for the Japan men’s volleyball team.He is currently playing at Power Volley Milano, an Italian Volleyball League club. Team Italy discovers Yuki speaks Italian and starts covering their mouths with …

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7 Famous Japanese Dog Breeds: Cuteness from Shiba Inu to Akita Inu!

Japan has great reverence for animals, and dogs are certainly no exception. For the Japanese, dogs are thought of as national treasures. Though the native breeds of Japan can be traced back thousands of years, 7 Famous Japanese Dog Breeds considered rare even in Japan, making them even more special. Anyone who owns one of …

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The Unlikely Success Story of a Man Who Gets Paid to Do Nothing

JAPAN| A 37-year-old Japanese man has built a successful career by renting himself out to do nothing. For some reason, he is inundated with requests from people who just want him by their side. In just two years, Shoji Morimoto has gone from being just another unemployed middle-aged man in Tokyo, to a minor Japanese …

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Japanese Artists Reimagined Countries And Their Flags As Anime Characters For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO| While Tokyo is busy with the preparations for the 2020 Olympics, people are already psyched for it. Some Japanese artists have created an unofficial promotion campaign for the big event, drawing inspiration from a subject they are incredibly passionate about Anime. They’ve been reimagining the participating countries as badass characters who are ready to …

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Japan to reopen probe into ex-PM Abe’s dinner spending scandal

TOKYO| According to Friday’s statement, the inquest body ruled that Shinzo Abe’s earlier decision to not indict him was improper. Prosecutors will now reopen their investigation into the former Prime Minister. The Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution issued a decision on July 15. It concerns allegations of endowments as per the law governing public …

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Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs

Japanese officials raised the alarm on Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking cases of coronavirus for the third consecutive day. The Olympics are well underway. Reporters were told by Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato that they have not seen an increase in the number of infections this severe. He stated that the number of new cases …

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Toyota Is Now world’s best-selling automaker

TOKYO| Toyota Motor Corp. remained the world’s best-selling automaker with a record 5.47 million vehicles sold for the first six months of 2021, outpacing German archrival Volkswagen AG, the Japanese company’s data showed Thursday. It is the second year in a row that Toyota has been the world’s top automaker in the first half, underscoring …

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PM Suga claims there is no link between the Olympics and the rise of infection in Tokyo

TOKYO| Even as new coronavirus cases surge in Tokyo to rates not seen since the pandemic began, Japan’s prime minister says the Olympics are not causing the spike. Officials on Thursday confirmed 3,865 new cases in Japan’s capital, the highest daily tally reported, just as the Tokyo Olympics near their halfway point. Prime Minister Yoshihide …

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USA’s Suni Lee wins gold in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final

Team USA’s Suni Lee won gold Thursday in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final, defending the title despite the absence of the team’s reigning champion, Simone Biles. An American has now won each of the last five Olympic titles.Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won silver, the first medal for the country in women’s gymnastics. And Russian athlete …

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Cameraman Focuses On Cockroach In Tokyo Olympics Live Broadcast Instead Of Hockey Match(VIDEO)

TOKYO | A cameraman decided to focus on a cockroach during the live broadcast of women’s hockey event between Spain and Agentina, which was aired on Argentinian TV network TyC Sports. This year’s Olympic Games are giving us a good dose of viral news and videos. The latest one to send us laughing is a …

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The Flowers For Olympic Medalists Carry Deep Meaning In Japan

JAPAN| Of course, an Olympic medal has significance. But the bouquet of flowers that every medal winner is being handed at the Tokyo Olympics has deeper meaning. Much deeper. The sunflowers and all the other flowers in the bouquet were grown in the three northeastern Japanese prefectures that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, …

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“I really want to have x with a Japanese women” Olympic athletes on dating apps

AUTO TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE| Near the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Village in Harumi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. When I start up the dating app Tinder, I see athletes of both sexes posing with their toned bodies, looking confident and physically beautiful. In the background of their profiles are the emblems of the Olympics, their country’s flag, and …

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‘Olympic Jail’ – Quarantined Dutch athletes demand fresh air

TOKYO| Dutch Olympic athletes in hotel quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 said they went on “strike” over a lack of fresh air in their rooms, winning 15 minutes a day at an open window. All six isolated team members from the Netherlands took part in the protest in the hotel lobby, said taekwondo fighter …

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Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles

TOYOTA| While the United States is slowing down in adopting policies to increase electric vehicle use, Toyota says it is not slow enough. The Japanese automaker is the largest in the world and has quietly lobbied Washington DC policymakers to resist the desire to switch to all-electric vehicles. This is partly because Toyota is behind …

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Frenchman’s Tokyo hunger strike over ‘abducted’ kids in third week

JAPAN| A Frenchman on hunger strike in Tokyo seeking access to his children said an appeal from President Emmanuel Macron to Japan’s leader had “changed nothing”, as his protest entered its third week. Vincent Fichot, 39, says his two children were abducted by their Japanese mother, and he has been on hunger strike since July …

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Olympics organizers admit wasted around 4,000 boxes of food

OLYMPIC| Tokyo Games organizers on Wednesday admitted to throwing away approximately 4,000 of the 10,000 pre-ordered bento boxes full of food that was to be fed to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony. Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed the report and apologized in a press conference at the main …

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DNA study traces origins of Japanese to Paleolithic man

JAPAN| Modern Japanese appear to be genetically descended from the Paleolithic Minatogawa people, according to DNA analysis of human remains in Okinawa Prefecture dating from 20,000 years ago. According to current mainstream theory, Japanese have mixed origins in the Jomon people known for their distinctive pottery culture (c. 14500 B.C.-1000 B.C.) and the Yayoi people …

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Second athlete sent home from Tokyo Olympics for refusing to face Israeli opponent

OLYMPIC| Mohamed Abdalrasool has become the second judoka to be sent home from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for refusing to compete against the Israeli Tohar Butbul in the men’s 73kg weight category. The Sudanese athlete was ordered to leave the Games having unexpectedly withdrawn from his match-up with Butbul despite having attended the weigh-in …

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