The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) set a goal of winning more than nine medals, including at least two gold medals, at the ongoing Pyeongchang Winter Games. The Mainichi Shimbun answers some common questions readers may have about Japan's past medal hauls.
Question: How many medals did Japan win at the 2014 Sochi Olympics?
Answer: Seven athletes won medals in individual events, while Japan won the bronze medal in the large hill team event. However, only figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu took home gold.
Q: At which Winter Olympics did Japan win the most medals?
A: The 1998 Nagano Games. Japan won 10 medals -- five golds, one silver and four bronzes. One of the golds went to the Japanese large hill ski jumping team, which included Masahiko Harada, who had failed in the team event in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. The win brought joy to the whole country.
Q: Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai is 45 years old, and he's in the news for his eighth consecutive Olympic appearance, isn't he?
A: It's a Winter Olympic record. Among Japan's female athletes, Sochi snowboarding silver medalist Tomoka Takeuchi has the most consecutive appearances with five. As all seven Japanese athletes who won medals in individual events at the previous games are on Japan's Pyeongchang team, let's hope Japan's medal count in the ongoing games will surpass the record set at Nagano. (By Akira Matsumoto, Sports News Department)