Category Archives: General Olympic News

California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths. In a sport dominated by…

Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat

Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat

TOKYO — Fans of monster movies or big Hollywood blockbusters are no doubt aware that a reboot of the famous Godzilla franchise is due to hit theaters this summer. As…

UNESCO endorses Tomioka Silk Mill for World Heritage status

UNESCO endorses Tomioka Silk Mill for World Heritage status

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended giving World Heritage status to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building symbolizing Japan’s industrialization from the 19th century, the Agency for Cultural…

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

BEIJING – Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday got some tips about hosting the summer Olympics from Beijing after the leaders of the capitals of Asia’s two biggest economies decided…

Hanyu determined to build on success of Sochi

Yuzuru Hanyu has barely had time to dwell on the Olympic and world titles he won in the first quarter of 2014, yet he’s already thinking about how to improve…

Lin Dan cruises into semis at Asia Championships

Lin Dan cruises into semis at Asia Championships

      Five-times world champion Lin Dan cruised into the semifinals of the men’s singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in South Korea on Friday. The Chinese star needed…

Visa waivers in works for Indonesians, Filipinos, Vietnamese

Japan might grant visa waivers to tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam when it revises its tourism action plan in June, government sources said Monday. The initiative, backed by…

Japanese constitution nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize has an unprecedented nomination: the Ninth Article of the Japanese constitution. The Ninth Article renounces the right to engage in war or to maintain a…

'Frog King' Kitajima hasn't spawned new generation of swimmers

‘Frog King’ Kitajima hasn’t spawned new generation of swimmers

‘Frog King’ Kitajima hasn’t spawned new generation of swimmers TOKYO — Former Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima has urged Japan’s young swimmers to step up after a collective flop at the…

'Frozen' tops box office in Japan for 5th consecutive week

‘Frozen’ tops box office in Japan for 5th consecutive week

TOKYO — The Oscar-winning Disney animated feature “Frozen,” which opened in Japan on March 14, has remained the top box office earner in Japan for five straight weeks. According to…