Japan Current Affairs - 2019

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India to participate in 2020 Olympics

India is scheduled to participate in Olympics 2020 that is to be conducted in Tokyo between 24 July 2020 and 9 August 2020. Indian athlete made their official debut in 1900 Olympics that was held in Paris. However, they appeared continuously in every edition since 1920.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, shot putter Inderjeet Singh were to participate in the Olympics in 2020. However, Inderjeet’s name was dropped after CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) handed a 4-year ban earlier in October, 2019.

CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international quasi-judicial body. Its headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The court of the body is situated in New York, Sydney. The disputes related to Olympics can only be submitted to CAS. All the Olympics international federations and National Olympic committees including India’s National anti-doping agency (NADA) have recognized the body.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The 2020 Olympics officially known as Games of the XXXII Olympiad, a multi-sport event is to be hosted by the Tokyo city for second time. This is the second of the three consecutive Olympics that is to be held in East Asia. The first was held in 2018 in Pyeongchang County South Korea. It was the Winter Olympics and the one being held in 2020 is Summer Olympics. The next is to be held in 2022, (the Winter Olympics), in Beijing, China.

Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan

Torrential rain and tornado-like winds lashed large parts of Japan, as the country was hit by Typhoon Hagibis. The typhoon is being touted as the strongest storm the country faced in past 60 years since Kanogawa Typhoon (1958).

Key Highlights

Typhoon ‘Hagibis’ means ‘speed’ in Philippine language, Tagalog.

Evacuation: More than 7 million people were urged to leave their homes amid severe flood and landslide warnings. Train services were halted, and over a thousand flights grounded. Amid the warnings Formula 1 had cancelled its Japanese Grand Prix as well as two Rugby World Cup games scheduled were also cancelled.

Landfall: After typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu, it ripped through Japan including Tokyo’s metropolitan area, caused multiple rivers to overflow, triggered landslides and power blackouts in nearly, 3,76,000 houses, more than 100 people were injured across country.

Current Status: The typhoon has now weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone off Japan’s northeastern coast, and most train services as well as most of the flights of Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. resumed operations after large-scale suspensions.