• IOC approves venues for 5 new sports in 2020 Tokyo Games

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has approved the venues for the five new sports on the program of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

  • Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later

    In this 1973 photo, a woman holds a victim of "Minamata Disease", or mercury poisoning, in Minamata, Japan. The girl has a malformed hand, like many victims of the disease who suffer from physical deformites among other symptoms.  The Tokyo District Court has rejected a civil lawsuit demanding that tests into food toxicity and illnesses required by law be carried out for "Minamata disease" poisoning. Doctor Toshihide Tsuda, who sued, said Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016,  he would appeal the court's decision. (AP Photo, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — Six decades after “Minamata disease” mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients.

  • Cost reductions, venue plans dominate Tokyo 2020 meetings

    IOC Vice President John Coates speaks during a joint press conference of the IOC coordination commission in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Further efforts to cut costs and the venues for five new sports were the focus of a coordination commission review of the Tokyo Olympics that wrapped up on Friday. Coates led a two-day meetings, held amid concerns about the budget for the 2020 Games. Construction costs have soared in part due to shortages in labor and materials as Japan also continues recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    TOKYO (AP) — Calling Tokyo’s proposed $20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC vice president John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.