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Mari Saito

Olympics-Opening ceremony director fired on Tokyo Games eve over Holocaust joke

5:26am EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) -Tokyo Olympics organisers have fired the opening ceremony director on the eve of the event after reports emerged of a past joke he had made about the Holocaust, while media said former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a strong advocate of the Games, would also not attend. | Video

Special Report: Wipeout of an Olympic dream for a godfather of Japanese surfing

Jul 20 2021

, ISUMI, Japan Whenever Teruo Adegawa arrives at Taito Beach, other surfers recognize him right away. Dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, the 78-year-old steps out of his car, leaving his walking stick by the passenger seat. | Video

Skateboarding-With Olympics debut, skaters roll into mainstream

Jun 30 2021

TOKYO The debut of skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics will be yet another sign that an activity once embraced as a symbol of counter-culture has firmly joined the mainstream.

Taiwan says in vaccine talks with Pfizer and J&J

Jun 03 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Taiwan is in talks with COVID-19 vaccine makers like Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson for more supplies, its foreign minister said on Thursday while expressing appreciation to Japan for considering donating much needed shots.

Special Report: Ten years on, grief never subsides for some survivors of Japan's tsunami

Mar 10 2021

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan Migaku-san, I've left your dirty gloves and your holey shoes by the door. I'm worried you'll kick up a fuss when you return and ask where I put your shoes, so I've left them by the door without polishing them. | Video

Japan's tsunami survivors call lost loves on the phone of the wind

Mar 05 2021

OTSUCHI, Japan In a garden on a hill, under the wide boughs of a cherry tree, a white phone booth glistens in the early spring light. | Video

Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support

Feb 09 2021

TOKYO When the head of Tokyo's Olympic organising committee said women talked too much at board meetings, a storm of criticism erupted in Japan, with top athletes and cabinet ministers condemning his remarks as sexist and archaic.

Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support

Feb 09 2021

TOKYO, Feb 9 When the head of Tokyo's Olympic organising committee said women talked too much at board meetings, a storm of criticism erupted in Japan, with top athletes and cabinet ministers condemning his remarks as sexist and archaic.

Japanese PM faces mounting pressure over pandemic response

Jan 25 2021

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga faced renewed pressure on Monday over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with a new opinion poll showing many believed the government was too slow to respond to the latest wave of infections.

Japan awarded more than 100 contracts over 10 years to Dentsu-linked non-profit groups

Dec 30 2020

By Ju-min Park, Sakura Murakami, Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski

World News

'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.