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[My 2020] Making the best quality washi diploma for athletes: Takehisa Suzuki, age 70

Making the best quality Mino washi diploma for athletes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: Takehisa Suzuki  (Photo: THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN)     ◇2020 COUNTDOWN ■President of the Mino Handmade Paper Cooperative The diplomas which will be given out to athletes who place in eighth place or above at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will use handmade washi (Japanese paper) made in Mino. It is an honor …

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Sending a Gundam with Shizuoka technology to space: Supporting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

On September 4, at the Bandai Hobby Center in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games revealed models from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam which will be launched into space in a microsatellite. In cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the University of Tokyo, the satellite will be launched in March next year, cheering on …

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Condensing Japan’s culture and technology into the medal case design for the Olympics and Paralympics: Mr. Shinya Yoshida, living in Yachiyo City, Chiba

  Satoru Hobo, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer  “I condensed Japan’s culture and technology.” The medal case holding the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mr. Shinya Yoshida (35), a product designer living in Yachiyo who designed the medal case, spoke about his feelings behind the design. Olympic medal cases tend not to receive any attention, but this time the …

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Tsubame City announces cutlery official chosen for Athletes’ Village : “Promoting their quality to the world”

At a press conference held on August 30, Mayor Tsutomu Suzuki of Tsubame, Niigata announced that the cafeterias of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Athletes’ Village would be using cutlery made in Tsubame. Mr. Suzuki commented, “I hope this will provide an opportunity to promote the quality of Tsubame’s cutlery to the world.”  The cutlery to be provided will consist of knives, forks, and …

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Protecting athletes’ nails with lotion, using proteins extracted from cocoons

A company in the city of Kiryu, known for its silk textiles, has developed a lotion to protect athletes’ nails, using ingredients including proteins extracted from silkworm cocoons. In many sports, including ball sports, martial arts, and athletics, an athlete’s nails are important tools. Broken and damaged nails can worsen the overall condition of the athlete. The protective lotion passed US doping tests in March this …

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The evolution of prosthetic legs: Drawing out abilities

Xiborg is developing fast, durable prosthetic legs Azusa Kawakami, The Nikkei Staff Writer Numerous technologies from Japanese companies are used in the prosthetic legs which support para-athletes. Durable, light materials such as carbon fiber are used. With demand for prosthetic legs for daily use, as well as the potential that technology developed for racing legs can be applied to other products, Japanese startups and materials manufactures …

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Robot Lends Hands Training Japan’s 2020 Olympic Volleyball Teams

A set of hands shoots up faster than schoolchildren keen to impress their teacher. But instead of a classroom, we’re inside Japan’s National Training Center in Tokyo, and the raised arms belong not to bright-eyed kids, but a multi-limbed robot that’s lending a hand training Japan’s volleyball players. The “block machine” robot was designed to assume the role of opposing players whose role is to “block” …

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SME canoe challenging rough waters: Young passion providing momentum towards the Tokyo Olympics

Maaki Nakamura, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer The desire to see a made-in-Japan canoe racing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Members including an SME in Tokyo that has never made canoes before are working to develop the first made-in-Japan canoe to compete in the Games. The passion of a young canoer has become a driving force behind this project. “I want to make a canoe the right …

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