Jun 10 2017

Cycling Around Japan

Category: Tokyo Olympics,UncategorizedIchiban @ 4:44 am

Every year more and more tourists are exploring Japan by bicycle.
Compared to many other countries cycling in the city or the countryside is relatively safe and easy. The mountains can be challenging but the scenery makes up for it.

There is a great series on NHK which can be viewed on their homepage with lots of good routes.

Check it out here.

If you have any questions and advice about cycling in Japan join the forum at The Tokyo Cycling Club homepage.

 

 

There is all kinds of cycling…

Rent a bike and ride around the cities, join a cycling club and enter some races.

Buy a cheap shopping bike and just potter around…

I love riding the rivers out from Tokyo and up into the countryside…

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Feb 17 2014

The Yakuza Olympics

Category: Tokyo OlympicsIchiban @ 8:31 am

As originally reported by Jake Adelstein on The Beast

SOCHI OLYMPICS 02.07.14
The Yakuza Olympics
All eyes are on Russian corruption and incompetence at Sochi, but new reports have emerged about a likely link between Japanese Olympic officials and Japan’s infamous yakuza. Jake Adelstein reports on possible troubles for 2020.
In September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on Japan’s second largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Sumiyoshi-kai and its leaders including Chairman Hareaki Fukuda. The sanctions make it possible to freeze their U.S. assets and block their transactions with American entities. They also forbid any US citizen to fraternize or associate with the group.

Read the full story:

Hidetoshi Tanaka, Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman (far left) and Hareaki Fukuda, Sumiyoshi-kai Chairman (far right) taken at the New Otani Hotel in September of 1998 at a celebration of Fukuda’s ascendancy to the Sumiyoshi-kai chairman position

Hidetoshi Tanaka, Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman (far left) and Hareaki Fukuda, Sumiyoshi-kai Chairman (far right) taken at the New Otani Hotel in September of 1998 at a celebration of Fukuda’s ascendancy to the Sumiyoshi-kai chairman position