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Historic moments of the Olympic Games -- Tokyo 1964

1964 Tokyo Olympics -- The Japanese women's volleyball team captured the gold medal after winning all five of its games against the Soviet Union, Poland and other powerful competitors. The Japanese women dominated the sport after improving their tenacious defense under the instruction of Hirobumi Daimatsu, head coach of the team. The dominant team was labeled "the Oriental Witches" by the foreign press. =Click/tap photo for more images.

With the start of the Tokyo Olympics approaching on July 23, The Mainichi has dug into the Mainichi Shimbun photo archive for a look back at the historic moments of previous games. We've prepared a photo special for each of the Summer Olympic Games held since Tokyo 1964 -- the first in Asia -- up until Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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    In Photos: Historic moments of the Olympic Games

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