Japan fell far short of its gold-medal target at the Olympics but still rejoiced Monday in a record medal haul, hailing it as a boost to the country’s recovery from last year’s quake-tsunami disaster.
“A record-high 38 medals for Japan,” blared a front-page headline in the business daily Nikkei’s evening edition, hours after the London Games closed. The previous high was 37 from Athens 2004.
But only seven medals in London were gold, with Japanese judokas bagging only one of those. The Japanese Olympic Committee had been gunning for 15 golds, hoping that could invigorate its bid to host the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
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