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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

To Japan's Olympic hopefuls, a year sounds like a long time

12 more months of expenses, putting off family and fighting to remain motivated

Asuka Terada, 30, last year competed at the IAAF World Athletics Championships for the first time in 10 years, though she failed to advance out of her heat.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese athletes who had been on training schedules designed to put them at the top of their game in July are now mulling whether to continue their quests for Olympic medals, or pack it all in and get on with their lives.

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