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Tokyo 2020 chief expects vaccine rollout to aid Games

Jan 21 2021

TOKYO Six months from the start of the rearranged Olympics, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto is cautiously hopeful that successful rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines can help lead to the safe and successful staging of the world's largest sporting event.

Japanese pray for end to pandemic in annual ice bath ritual at Tokyo shrine

Jan 12 2021

TOKYO Men wearing traditional loin clothes and women dressed in white robes clapped and chanted before going into an ice water bath during a Shinto ritual at a Tokyo shrine on Sunday to purify the soul and pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Video

Tuna goes for $200,000 at Tokyo market's New Year auction

Jan 05 2021

TOKYO A bluefin tuna sold for 20.8 million yen ($202,197) in the first auction of the new year at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market on Tuesday when it reopened after the holiday break.

Kitchen equipment piles up as pandemic shutters Japan's restaurants

Dec 23 2020

YOKOHAMA, Japan A truck laden with kitchen sinks, cutlery, pots and pans pulls up to a warehouse in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, and workers begin to unload the goods taken from shuttered restaurants - victims of the COVID-19 pandemic-driven slump.

Ginza shoppers clean hands, phones with high-tech wash stations

Dec 21 2020

TOKYO Shoppers washed their hands and sterilised their smartphones in the streets of Tokyo's posh Ginza district on Saturday using handwashing stations that a Japanese start-up hopes will revolutionise access to clean water and better hygiene. | Video

'Owatta': COVID-19 forces closure of Tokyo neighbourhood ramen joint

Dec 11 2020

After a hectic day dishing up almost 200 bowls of ramen during a non-stop seven-hour service, Yashiro Haga's small shop is finally quiet.

Residents uncertain about Games as costs, COVID-19 cases rise

Dec 07 2020

TOKYO Japanese residents are torn between trepidation and tentative support for next year's Olympic Games that are now set to be far more expensive than expected amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

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