Photo/IllutrationNoriaki Kasai arrives at Incheon International Airport on Feb. 5. (Nobuhiro Shirai)

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INCHEON, South Korea--Olympic flag-bearer Noriaki Kasai and his Japanese men’s ski jumping team landed at Incheon International Airport here Feb. 5 ahead of the opening of the Pyeongchang Games on Feb. 9.

Winter Olympics veteran Kasai, 45, a three-time Olympic medalist, smiled as fans cheered his arrival, saying, “I am excited with the upcoming Games. What I am for every time is the same thing--gold medals.”

Another 132 members of the Japanese team entered South Korea at Yangyang International Airport on Feb. 4

The 132, including Yasuo Saito, head of the Japanese delegation and vice chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee, and members of the women’s ice hockey team, arrived at the athletes’ village the same day.

Speed skater Nao Kodaira, 31, captain of the Japanese Olympic team, said, “The Olympics is the event that thrills and excites us. I want to enjoy this experience to my heart’s content, and at full power.”