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Factbox-From triumph of 1964 Olympics to COVID: Japan then and now

Jun 10 2021

TOKYO Japan hoped that holding the 2020 Olympics would reprise the triumph of 1964, when it became the first Asian host of the Games and gained a huge economic boost, but the coronavirus has muted the excitement of an event since rescheduled to start on July 23.

Factbox-Money, money, money: the cost of Tokyo's pandemic-delayed Olympics

Jun 10 2021

TOKYO Despite growing local opposition amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games that were postponed last year will get under way in less than two months - barring "Armageddon", as one International Olympic Committee member said.

Factbox-Tokyo Olympics in the shadow of coronavirus

Jun 08 2021

TOKYO As the clock ticks down to the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, Japan is preparing to host a Games like no other in history, as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

FACTBOX-Tokyo Olympics in the shadow of coronavirus

Jun 08 2021

TOKYO, June 8 As the clock ticks down to the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, Japan is preparing to host a Games like no other in history, as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese gymnastics star Uchimura headed to fourth Olympics

Jun 06 2021

TOKYO Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, is headed for his fourth straight Olympic Games after clinching a place on the national team on Sunday with a tie-breaking point.

Tokyo Games could lead to Olympic coronavirus variant - Japanese doctor

May 27 2021

TOKYO The head of a Japanese doctors' union said on Thursday that holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, with tens of thousands of people from around the world, could lead to the emergence of an "Olympic" coronavirus strain. | Video

Asahi daily, an official Tokyo Olympics partner, urges Games cancellation

May 26 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun, an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, called for the Summer Games to be cancelled in an editorial on Wednesday, citing risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic. | Video

Olympics-Japan sees no Games impact from U.S. travel advice

May 25 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Top Japanese officials said on Tuesday they did not expect a U.S. advisory against travel to Japan due to coronavirus concerns to affect the Tokyo Olympics - less than two months away - and that U.S. support for the Games was unchanged.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Olympics-Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory

May 25 2021

TOKYO, May 25 Top Japanese officials said on Tuesday they did not expect a U.S. advisory against travel to Japan amid worries about the coronavirus to affect the Tokyo Olympics - less than two months away - and that U.S. support for the Games was unchanged.

World News

Netanyahu out, Bennett in as Israel marks end of an era

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year run as Israel's prime minister ended on Sunday with parliament approving a new "government of change" led by nationalist Naftali Bennett, an improbable scenario few Israelis could have imagined.