The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics begins at around 8pm tonight. In attendance will be IOC members, foreign dignitaries, diplomats and sponsors, but no fans. It’s not exactly the kind of…

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.  …

Great news — you can now get your head in the Olympics game from your couch

The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin was very controversial (and we know what that feels like). Adolf Hitler personally saw the event as a way to promote the Nazi party’s idea of…

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?…

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…

Eight brand-new arenas, 10 temporary venues, citywide infrastructure from high-tech train stations to heat-blocking pavements, and a sprawling Olympic Village pinned to the Tokyo Bay marina. This is the cost of hosting Tokyo…

Building on a ten-year history, student-led TEDxWasedaU is shaping the future while commemorating the past

Environmental discourse is never far from a deluge of catchy buzzwords. Company mission statements, product packages and branding campaigns are plugged with words like “sustainable,” “eco,” “forest-friendly,” “recycled,” “net-zero” and “green-certified.” But…

The Games will go on. Whether or not spectators will be allowed in the venues of the Tokyo 2020 Games is still being decided, but you can still watch the action from…

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…

Having spent the past few months freely lamenting the patent lack of expediency in Japan’s vaccine campaign, it’s time to give credit where indeed it is due. The turnaround has been quite…