Japan’s previous best effort in terms of gold medals was as host of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 2004 Athens Games, when they won 16.Thirty golds would have put them above second-placed Britain’s 27 in Rio, but still a long way behind the table-topping United States, who captured 46.Yamashita was also bullish about Japan’s chances at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, predicting nine medals overall.The country’s previous best haul at a Winter Games was five gold medals and 10 in total as host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I reckon we can aim to get 2.5 times the amount we did in Rio,” the former Olympic judo champion told local media, pointing to Japan’s recent success in gymnastics, table tennis and badminton.“That’s just my personal opinion, not that of the technical committee,” added the 60-year-old Yamashita, who was Japan’s deputy chef de mission in Brazil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We will collect the relevant data and decide (the official target) hopefully by next summer.”Yamashita, who won judo gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, also raised the hope that the host nation’s track athletes could deliver a surprise after a Japanese sprinter, Yoshihide Kiryu, finally broke the 10-second barrier last month after years of trying. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges 2020 summer Olympic games host city, Tokyo, is projected on the floor as dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A senior Japanese Olympic official has called on the host country’s athletes to win a national-record 30 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Games, local media reported Friday.Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) sports committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita backed home-grown competitors to more than double their haul of 12 golds at last year’s Rio Olympics, where Japan finished sixth in the medal table.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, provided the details during the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 15), marking the ceremonial opening of the 2018/19 session. The Government will be seeking the approval of the Houses of Parliament for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals.Chief among these are the Police Service Act, which will replace the Constabulary Force Act, to provide for the modernisation and transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force into a contemporary, intelligence-led police service that ensures citizen security, with stronger systems of administration, management and internal discipline.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, provided the details during the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 15), marking the ceremonial opening of the 2018/19 session.His address outlines the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government in the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1. It was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’.The Governor-General said focus will also be placed on the merger of the Police Services Commission and the Police Civilian Oversight Authority, which will require amendments to the Constitution that relate to the Police Services Commission.Also, the Government will be amending the Firearms Act, by making provisions relating to (a) the establishment of criminal offences pertaining to the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, in keeping with Jamaica’s international obligations; (b) effective control and security measures, including the disposal of firearms, in order to prevent theft and diversion to usage in criminal activities; and (c) ensuring that the revised Firearms Act is compatible with international standards and obligations of the Government of Jamaica.The Finger Prints (Amendment) Act will also be tabled, to strengthen the forensic investigative powers and capacity of law-enforcement agencies.“One of the proposed amendments include a provision to allow the taking of fingerprints from objects left in public spaces,” the Governor-General said.The Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act (POCA) is also to be brought to the Houses of Parliament.The main purpose of the amendments to POCA is to ensure compliance with the recommendations emanating from the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce Mutual Evaluation of Jamaica, conducted in 2016, as well as to update the Act for greater effectiveness. In addition, regulations will be developed for the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) to guide the use of the funds recovered for national development.Meanwhile, the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act will be reviewed in accordance with legislative requirements to review same within three years of its enactment.The Governor-General also informed of the proposed tabling of the Parole (Amendment) Act, which will update, modernise and strengthen the legislation to bring it in line with current trends, international standards and best practices.Amendments are also to be made to the Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, Aliens Act, and the attendant regulations. The proposed amendments seek to focus on stricter penalties, giving the immigration officer more robust authority; and the use of an automated Border Control System, among other things.The Government will also bring the Corrections (Amendment) Act, as it seeks to update and strengthen the law and make it more aligned to current trends.“The provisions will include a new definition of communication that takes into consideration modern technological advances and increases in existing penalties for breaches,” the Governor-General informed.The Justice Protection (Amendment) Bill will also be tabled to strengthen the Government’s capabilities and effectiveness for the provision of services to protect witnesses.“In addition to the legislative measures, the Government will continue to focus on strengthening its administrative and technological capabilities, crime-prevention and community safety measures and rehabilitation and redemption,” the Governor-General added. The Governor-General said focus will also be placed on the merger of the Police Services Commission and the Police Civilian Oversight Authority, which will require amendments to the Constitution that relate to the Police Services Commission. Story Highlights The Government will be seeking the approval of the Houses of Parliament for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals.