Japan first participated in the Summer Olympics in 1912. They have participated in all Summer Olympic since except for 1948 and 1980. They first participated in the Winter Olympics in 1928 and have been in all Winter Games except the 1948 Games. The 2008 Olympics is the 20th Summer Games Japan has participated in. They have been to 18 Winter Games.
there was no Olympic games in 1986. the Olympic games around the time were 1980, Moscow Olympic games (these were boycott by the USA and 60 others because of the soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. the 1984, Los angles Olympic games, boycott by the USSR and communist states, because of the 1980 boycott. also the 1988 Seoul Olympic games and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games.
No athlete from New Zealand won gold at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. The New Zealand Olympic Committee officially boycotted those Games and the athletes from New Zealand that did participate were competing under the flag of the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association. Five athletes participated and no medals were won.
Five countries have participated in every Olympics: Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Switzerland. However, Australia participated on a combined team with New Zealand (Australasia) in 1908 and 1912. France only had one athlete in 1904, however some records are disputed and credit him as competing for the United States. Australia, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland did not have their respective flags represented in any way, shape, or form at the 1980 games in Moscow due to pressure from the U.S. to boycott. These countries left it up to the athletes whether or not they should boycott.
Canadian Equestrian athlete Ian Millar has participated in 10 Olympic games as of 2012. Millar and would have participated in 11 games since he was on the Canadian Olympic team for Moscow in 1980, but Canada boycotted the Olympics that year. Millar also hopes to participate in Brazil in 2016 and has no plans to retire. Next after Millar is Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl who competed in 9 consecutive Summer Olympics between 1964-1996.
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