High-end rebrand revives Japan’s ‘ice farmers’ | AFP

Japan has few remaining “ice farmers”, who eschew the ease of refrigeration for open-air pools to create a product that is sold to high-end shaved ice shops in trendy Tokyo districts.

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Skateboarders squeezed out in fight for Shanghai streets | AFP

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, but many in the growing scene in China’s mega-city of Shanghai complain that they have few places to go and are looked down upon as trouble-makers.

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The rugby-mad duo cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo | AFP

They survived angry dogs in Iran and stomach bugs in India, and have slept in monasteries, underpasses and on farms — it’s been a madcap adventure for a pair of rugby enthusiasts cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo for charity ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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Tokyo Olympic construction race raises worker safety questions | AFP

Construction works for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games have made smooth progress and more than half of new venues are completed with a year to go, organisers say. But they are not worry-free — there are concerns over tough labour conditions at construction sites, and unions say it is effectively impossible for workers to complain due to fear of losing their jobs.

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Inside Japan’s Underground Custom Lamborghini Crew

Meet Shinichi Morohoshi. This is his workshop, Fighting Star, in Edogawa City, Tokyo. It’s a collective dedicated to one thing: customizing supercars, mainly Lamborghinis.  He is known for his LED customizations and flashy exteriors. During the day, the cars sit in the garage or homes, but at night they come alive on the Tokyo Expressway. 

Despite the international popularity of his rides, it’s still difficult for him to drive at speed through central Tokyo because of traffic regulations.  His customers are international. Fans will recognize him as the Outlaw icon in 2015’s “Need for Speed” game. Seeing one of the Fighting Star cars is like watching the 2006 action movie “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”

We caught up with him in Tokyo.

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Inside Japan’s Underground Custom Lamborghini Crew

Tokyo Olympics come too early for Japan’s ‘karate kid’ | AFP

13-year-old Mahiro Takano is used to punching above her weight since taking up karate in kindergarten. She has done much to boost the profile of the Japanese martial art which is set to make its Olympic debut. But when Tokyo 2020 kicks off next year little Mahiro will be too young to compete.

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To avoid Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home | AFP

Japan’s workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year’s Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

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Tokyo adds robots to 2020 Olympic roster | AFP

A roster of Olympic robots that will do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins is unveiled as Tokyo works to showcase Japanese technology at next year’s Summer Games.

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