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Paper bags shaped as dress shirts: A Fujinomiya business aiming for foreign tourist demand

  Tomoko Maeda, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer    Fuji Pack, a paper bag manufacturer based in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, has developed bags in the shape of sleeved shirts. Depending on the pattern, they can replicate the uniforms of professional teams for sports such as baseball or soccer. The company is targeting demand as replacements for plastic bags when fans buy goods from sports teams, or as bags …

International Exchange

Four South Sudanese athletes at a long-term training camp in Maebashi, running to the Olympics while bonding with residents

  Ryo Harada, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer    Only six months are left until the start of the Tokyo Olympics as of January 24. In the 478 host towns around Japan which are hosting training camps and international exchange programs, preparations to welcome their foreign guests are ramping up. In the city of Maebashi, Gunma, athletes from war-torn South Sudan came to Japan in November 2019, …

Japanese Technology Feature

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 …

International Exchange

Participating in the Games by Cleaning, Through Heat and Cold, for Over Five Years

    The participants of Omotenashi Cleanup Article by Mitsuharu Umeno / Photos by Ayuri Sakamoto Less than one year is left until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. In order to ensure the visiting athletes from around the world will be able to enjoy their stay at the Athletes’ Village, currently under construction in Harumi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, local residents have been cleaning up …

Local Industry2020 Venue

Goldfish of five colors swimming around the world: Official Olympic product by traditional wind-chime maker in Edogawa

Yuko Nagatake, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer The Edo furin (wind chimes) made by Shinohara Furin Honpo (Minami Shinozakimachi, Edogawa Ward, Tokyo), founded in 1915, have been chosen as an official licensed Tokyo 2020 product. The “Furin: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem” design includes goldfish with the same five colors as the Olympic rings: blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Ms. Emi Shinohara (64), who made the design, …

Japanese Technology Feature

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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