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Japan first participated at the Olympic Games in 1912, and has since only missed London 1948 and Moscow 1980 since then. Since Antwerp 1920, the nation has won an Olympic medal in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games. The nation has also participated at almost every edition of the Winter Olympic Games.

Japan has won over 500 medals at the Olympic Games, with most medals in Gymnastics, Judo, Swimming, and Wrestling. Other sports in which the nation has been successful are Athletics, Weightlifting, and Speed Skating.

The Japanese Olympic Committee was created in 1911 and recognized in 1912.

Medal Table[]

Medals by Summer Games[]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Stockholm 1912 2 0 0 0 0
Antwerp 1920 15 0 2 0 2 17
Paris 1924 19 0 0 1 1 23
Amsterdam 1928 43 2 2 1 5 15
Los Angeles 1932 131 7 7 4 18 5
Berlin 1936 156 6 4 8 18 8
London 1948 Did not participate
Helsinki 1952 69 1 6 2 9 17
Melbourne 1956 110 4 10 5 19 10
Rome 1960 162 4 7 7 18 8
Tokyo 1964 328 16 5 8 29 3
Mexico City 1968 171 11 7 7 25 3
Munich 1972 184 13 8 8 29 5
Montreal 1976 213 9 6 10 25 5
Moscow 1980 Did not participate
Los Angeles 1984 226 10 8 14 32 7
Seoul 1988 255 4 3 7 14 14
Barcelona 1992 256 3 8 11 22 17
Atlanta 1996 306 3 6 5 14 23
Sydney 2000 266 5 8 5 18 15
Athens 2004 306 16 9 12 37 5
Beijing 2008 332 9 8 8 25 8
London 2012 295 7 14 17 38 11
Rio de Janeiro 2016 338 12 8 21 41 6
Tokyo 2020 602 27 14 27 58 3
Total 169 150 188 497

Medals by Winter Games[]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
St. Moritz 1928 6 0 0 0 0
Lake Placid 1932 16 0 0 0 0
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 31 0 0 0 0
St. Moritz 1948 Did not participate
Oslo 1952 13 0 0 0 0
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 10 0 1 0 1 11
Squaw Valley 1960 41 0 0 0 0
Innsbruck 1964 47 0 0 0 0
Grenoble 1968 61 0 0 0 0
Sapporo 1972 85 1 1 1 3 11
Innsbruck 1976 58 0 0 0 0
Lake Placid 1980 50 0 1 0 1 15
Sarajevo 1984 39 0 1 0 1 14
Calgary 1988 48 0 0 1 1 16
Albertville 1992 60 1 2 4 7 11
Lillehammer 1994 59 1 2 2 5 11
Nagano 1998 156 5 1 4 10 7
Salt Lake City 2002 103 0 1 1 2 21
Turin 2006 110 1 0 0 0 18
Vancouver 2010 94 0 3 2 5 20
Sochi 2014 113 1 4 3 8 17
Pyeongchang 2018 124 4 5 4 13 11
Total 14 22 22 58

Medals by Sport[]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Judo 48 21 27 96
Wrestling 37 22 17 76
Gymnastics 33 34 36 103
Swimming 24 27 32 83
Athletics 7 10 10 27
Speed Skating 4 7 11 22
Ski Jumping 3 5 4 12
Volleyball 3 3 3 9
Figure Skating 3 3 1 7
Skateboarding 3 1 1 5
Boxing 3 0 5 8
Weightlifting 2 3 10 15
Nordic Combined 2 3 0 5
Softball 2 1 1 4
Shooting 1 2 3 6
Fencing 1 2 0 3
Badminton 1 1 2 4
Baseball 1 1 2 4
Karate 1 1 1 3
Freestyle Skiing 1 0 3 4
Short Track 1 0 2 3
Equestrian 1 0 0 1
Synchronized Swimming 0 4 10 14
Archery 0 3 4 7
Snowboarding 0 3 1 4
Cycling 0 2 3 5
Table Tennis 1 3 4 8
Tennis 0 2 1 3
Football 0 1 1 2
Sailing 0 1 1 2
Sport Climbing 0 1 1 2
Surfing 0 1 1 2
Alpine Skiing 0 1 0 1
Basketball 0 1 0 1
Field Hockey 0 1 0 1
Golf 0 1 0 1
Canoeing 0 0 1 1
Curling 0 0 1 1
Taekwondo 0 0 1 1
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