Japan's first medal at the Olympic Winter Games was won by alpine skier Chiharu Igaya, who claimed silver in the men's slalom at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Games.
As hosts of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, the first time the Games had been held outside Europe or North America, Japan won three medals - remarkably all in the same ski jumping event. Yukio Kasaya, Akitsugu Konno and Seiji Aochi finished with gold, silver and bronze respectively in the normal hill event and began a great tradition of the sport in Japan.
At the 1998 Nagano Games, Kazuyoshi Funaki won gold in the large hill [K120], silver in the normal hill [K90] and gold in the men's team ski jumping events.
Speed skater Hiroyasu Shimizu won gold and bronze in Nagano in the men's 500m and 1000m respectively, as well as a silver medal in Salt Lake City in the 500m.
Japan won five medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games, including podium finishes in both the men's [bronze] and ladies' [silver] singles events in figure skating. Speed skaters Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato finished with the silver and bronze respectively in the men's 500m event, while the Japanese women claimed silver in the team pursuit event in speed skating.
Title: Kimigayo [His Majesty's Reign]
Creators: Music by Hiromori Hayashi.
Founding date: 1911
IOC recognition date: 1912
NOC president's name: Tsunekazu Takeda
NOC general secretary’s name: Tsuyoshi Aoki
IOC member’s name: Tsunekazu Takeda [entry in the IOC: 2012]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1928Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 20 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables