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Japan: a global powerhouse for sport technology

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The Olympic Games are one of the biggest events in the world, and this year’s 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is due to be no exception as it is currently generating huge amounts of excitement worldwide.

During the games, athletes compete against one another, staying true to the Games’ motto “faster, higher, stronger” (which comes from Latin “citius, altius, fortius”). Although it may not be evident to most viewers, there is also intense competition between different technologies at the games: equipment, athletic gear, arena facilities, and measuring/timing devices, all of which has been developed in order to augment athletes’ performances.
In addition, other brand-new non-sports technologies are introduced for the benefit of audiences, both on the television and for those present at the arenas, and to aid organization and logistics at the games.

Japanese technologies have significantly contributed to many of the Olympic Games. Although the 2016 Summer Olympics have just begun, new technologies developed in Japan and intended for use at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have already been announced: while some of these are still in development and have only been demonstrated, others have already been released on a commercial basis*.

In this article, we introduce interesting and unique Japanese technologies that play an important role in the Olympic Games.