Tokyo 2020 to up security with facial recognition system

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, Aug 7 : Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues, the organisers announced on Tuesday. Games organisers have linked up with Japanese telecommunications and information technology giant NEC to develop the first system of this kind to be implemented at […]

Olympics-‘We are alive’ ? Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on rebirth

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 31 : The opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will reflect themes of ‘reconstruction’ and ‘re-birth’ that have run through preparations for the Games, newly-appointed creative director Mansai Nomura said on Tuesday. Over the last two decades, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics […]

Olympics-Tokyo focuses on environment two years out from Olympics

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 23 : With two years to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese capital is hoping to use the Games as motivation to improve its environmental sustainability. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was previously Japan’s Minister of the Environment, has made lowering emissions and plastic litter prevention some of […]

Tokyo unveils Miraitowa and Someity as 2020 mascots

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 22 : The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday. The Olympic mascot, a blue-checked pointy-eared figure, was named as Miraitowa — combining the Japanese words ‘mirai’, meaning future, and ‘towa’, which means eternity. The Paralympic counterpart, […]

Faster, Higher, Hotter – Tokyo weather prompts 2020 fears

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 18 : As the two-year mark approaches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan is being scorched by an intense heatwave that has prompted fears of similar extreme weather when the sporting showpiece takes place in the country. More than a dozen people have died as temperatures soared above 40 degrees […]