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Kiyoshi Takenaka

Factbox-Tokyo's pandemic-hit Olympics in numbers

Jun 11 2021

TOKYO International Olympic Committee (IOC) leaders and the Japanese government appear set to press ahead with the Tokyo Games, delayed once due to COVID-19 outbreaks, despite worries the sporting extravaganza may trigger of a new wave of infections.

FACTBOX-Tokyo's pandemic-hit Olympics in numbers

Jun 11 2021

TOKYO, June 11 International Olympic Committee (IOC) leaders and the Japanese government appear set to press ahead with the Tokyo Games, delayed once due to COVID-19 outbreaks, despite worries the sporting extravaganza may trigger of a new wave of infections.

Japan's PM laments taking heat for hosting Olympics despite pandemic

Jun 09 2021

TOKYO Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga lamented on Wednesday drawing so much criticism for Japan's hosting of the Olympics with the COVID-19 crisis unabated, while a newspaper reported that local spectators may be allowed to attend.

WRAPUP 1-Japan's Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics in pandemic

Jun 09 2021

TOKYO, June 9 Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday he regretted having to take all the flak for holding the Summer Olympics during a pandemic as his government was reported to favour allowing domestic spectators into stadiums to watch.

Olympics-Australia's softball squad arrives in Japan as government widens vaccine rollout

Jun 01 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Australia's softball squad arrived in Japan for a pre-Olympic camp on Tuesday, the first national team to come to the country for training since the Games were postponed last year, even as a majority of Japanese oppose staging the Games due to COVID-19. | Video

No one's safe anymore: Japan's Osaka city crumples under COVID-19 onslaught

May 24 2021

OSAKA, Japan Hospitals in Japan's second largest city of Osaka are buckling under a huge wave of new coronavirus infections, running out of beds and ventilators as exhausted doctors warn of a "system collapse", and advise against holding the Olympics this summer. | Video

Critics of Tokyo Olympics submit petition urging cancellation

May 14 2021

TOKYO Critics of Japan's plan to hold the Tokyo Olympics despite a fourth wave of coronavirus infections submitted a petition on Friday signed by 350,000 people over nine days calling for the Games to be cancelled. | Video

Olympics-Petition against Tokyo Olympics with 350,000 signatures submitted to organisers

May 14 2021

TOKYO, May 14 A petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics which garnered 350,000 signatures in nine days was submitted to organisers on Friday, reflecting growing public opposition to the event as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections sweeps Japan.

Judo judge draws strength from heading historic Japanese fireworks firm

Apr 30 2021

TOKYO Akiko Amano, the sole Japanese judo referee at this year's Tokyo Olympics, has a full-time job that involves more heat and energy than a gold medal match: She is the first female head of a famed fireworks company whose history goes back 362 years.

Are the Olympics cancelled? Japan official's comments sow doubts

Apr 15 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -A senior Japanese ruling party official said on Thursday that cancelling this year's Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire.

World News

China cautions G7: 'small' groups don't rule the world

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing.