Olympics: Japan's medal count in London hard to forecast
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jul 01
In its past 11 Summer Olympic appearances, dating back to the 1964 Tokyo Games, Japan has collected 275 medals.
Here's the overall breakdown: 99 gold, 74 silver and 97 bronze.
It averages out to a little less than 25 medals per Olympics and nine first-place medals. This does not include the 1980 Moscow Games, when Japan, like the United States, boycotted the Olympics after the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
During that span, Japan collected a high of 37 medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, including 16 of the gold variety, which matched the winning haul from the Tokyo Olympics. Twice in that time frame, Japan had to settle for 14 total medals (1988 Seoul Games and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics).
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