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There’s been lots of negativity surrounding the upcoming Olympics for obvious reasons. Yet one thing the Japanese public can all feel positive about is the appearance of Rikako Ikee at the event.  …

We interviewed 10 Japanese athletes and one Miyazaki-born British athlete in the buildup to this summer’s Olympic Games. All are seen as medal contenders, but can they live up to the hype?…

It should have been the greatest day of his life. On October 21, 1964, the final day of the Tokyo Olympics, Kokichi Tsuburaya won a bronze medal in the marathon. In doing…

Today we spoke to Vincent Fichot about his protest outside Sendagaya Station. The Frenchman is on a hunger strike in a bid to regain access to his two children. He has been fighting…

It’s been over a year since our last Meet the 2020 Athletes article for obvious reasons. The latest and last in our series is Takuya Haneda. Set to turn 34 just before…

Another week, another state of emergency in Tokyo. This one is due to run until August 22, spoiling many people’s prospects of having an enjoyable summer. It’s also a huge blow for bars…

Next up in TW’s Spotlight series is Hitomi Kinue, the first woman to represent Japan at the Olympics. She also became the first female from this country to win a medal, picking up a silver in the…

In our latest news round-up we report on Hikaru Utada who this week came out as non-binary during a live Instagram stream. There’s sad news from Chiba as two children were killed…