Woman killed as strong typhoon lashes Tokyo area, cutting power and transport

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 9, 2019   •   945

One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in recent years hit just east of Tokyo on Monday (September 9), killing one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain that threatened to burst river banks before heading out to sea.

More than 130 flights were cancelled and scores of train lines were closed for hours, snarling the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area that has a population of some 36 million. Authorities warned it was dangerous to venture outside.

Typhoon Faxai, a Laotian woman’s name, slammed ashore in the city of Chiba, just east of Tokyo, a little before dawn, bringing with it wind gusts of 207 kmh (128 mph) in Chiba, the strongest ever recorded there, national broadcaster NHK said.

A woman in her fifties was confirmed dead after she was found lying on a Tokyo street and taken to hospital. Footage from a nearby security camera showed she had been smashed against a building by strong winds, NHK reported. (REUTERS)

Tokyo Olympics ‘difficult’ to host next year without vaccine, top doctor in Japan says

UNTV News   •   April 28, 2020

It will be difficult for Tokyo to host the Olympic Games next year unless there is an effective vaccine against the new coronavirus, the head of the Japan Medical Association said on Tuesday (April 28).

“I am not saying that Japan should or shouldn’t host the Olympics, but I expect it would be difficult to do so,” JMA president Yoshitake Yokokura said in a media briefing.

Yokokura also called on Japan to increase coronavirus testing, which he said was not sufficient enough to assess whether the number of cases has fallen in the country.

The one-year delay of the 2020 Olympic Games announced last month was a major blow to Japan, which had already spent $13 billion preparing for the event. As the outbreak has spread around the world, infecting almost three million people and killing more than 200,000, experts have warned that the fight against the virus could be prolonged. (Reuters)

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PH swimmer Gawilan qualifies for Tokyo Paralympic Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 21, 2020

Asian Games gold medalist swimmer Ernie Gawilan will compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

28-year-old Gawilan is the first Filipino qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games which will be held from August 25 to September 6.

The International Paralympic Committee has given Gawilan a slot for his qualifying points from the 2018 Asian Para Games and the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.—AAC

Tokyo inaugurates National Stadium ahead of 2020 Olympics

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2019

View of the new National Stadium following its completion in Tokyo, Japan, 15 December 2019. EFE/EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Tokyo – The new National Stadium in Tokyo was inaugurated on Sunday six months ahead of the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital and will have its ground broken in with the final of the Emperor’s Cup final next month.

With its 68,000-seat capacity and design details that highlight Japan’s taste for nature, the stadium was inaugurated by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe three months after construction started.

It cost around $1.44 billion to build, slightly under budget. The original proposal for the new stadium was rejected for being too expensive.

Abe said the venue would “leave its mark on history.” The opening ceremony was also attended by the architect behind the project, Kengo Kuma.

It was built on the ground where the old Olympic stadium, used in the 1964 Games, once stood. The National Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as athletics competitions.

On a press tour, representatives of the team responsible for building the venue said they had used the natural world as inspiration for its design.

The seats are painted in five different colors spread around at random and represent an impressionist depiction of a forest.

The roof is fastened with steel beams but also incorporates wood from across the country, giving the stadium a more traditional feel.

The cross beams on the ceiling and the uncovered central circle give spectators the feeling they are in a nest.

Tens of thousands of trees are being planted in the space around the stadium.

As part of their environmental commitments, organizers will maintain the pitch with recycled rainwater.

The construction of the National Stadium was delayed after the original project, an extravagant design by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, was scrapped for being too costly.

Kuma took over the project. He is known for designing the Nagasaki Museum of Art.

The stadium will host the final of the Emperor’s Cup on 1 January. EFE-EPA

ag/jt The new National Stadium in Tokyo was inaugurated on Sunday six months ahead of the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital and will have its ground broken in with the final of the Emperor’s Cup final next month.

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