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Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds

Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds

Japan's capital recorded more than 70 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday for its highest tally in a single day, as pressure built on the prime minister to order a lockdown with a minister

Japan says destroyer and Chinese boat collided; China says one hurt

Japan says destroyer and Chinese boat collided; China says one hurt

A Japanese destroyer and a Chinese fishing boat collided in the East China Sea on Monday night and no one was injured, Japan's defence minister said

Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

Japanese organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games would start on July 23, 2021, and run until Aug. 8, Kyodo news reported.

To athletes' relief, Tokyo 2020 postponement decision due any day: sources

To athletes' relief, Tokyo 2020 postponement decision due any day: sources

A decision on whether to postpone this year's Tokyo Olympics for the first time in the Games' modern history will come in days, sources said on Tuesday, as global clamour made a delay look inevitable because of the coronavirus crisis.

Canada withdraws from 2020 Games as Japan, IOC consider postponement

Canada withdraws from 2020 Games as Japan, IOC consider postponement

Canada became the first country to boycott the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic and Australia told its athletes to prepare for an Olympics next year as Japan and the IOC flagged the prospect of a postponement ...

Olympic Flame in Japan attracts 55,000 despite virus fears

Olympic Flame in Japan attracts 55,000 despite virus fears

Tens of thousands of people turned out to see the Olympic Flame in the north-eastern Japanese city despite mounting concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported on Sunday.

Greece hands over Olympic flame to Japan

Greece hands over Olympic flame to Japan

The Greek Olympic Committee handed over the Olympic flame to Japan in Athens on Thursday in a ceremony held without an audience amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan says not preparing for postponement of Olympic Games

Japan says not preparing for postponement of Olympic Games

Japan is not making any preparations to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government's top spokesman said on Wednesday

Crowded, poor South Asia sees steady rise in coronavirus cases

Crowded, poor South Asia sees steady rise in coronavirus cases

Health authorities across South Asia reported rising tallies of coronavirus cases on Monday, raising the prospect of rapidly spreading outbreaks overwhelming poor medical facilities in a region that is home to a quarter of the world's people.

Japanese man sentenced to death for murder of 19 at care home

Japanese man sentenced to death for murder of 19 at care home

A Japanese man was sentenced to death on Monday for the stabbing murder of 19 disabled people at a care home, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

Japan to unveil coronavirus package, not yet eyeing extra budget

Japan to unveil coronavirus package, not yet eyeing extra budget

Japan will unveil on Tuesday a second package of measures to offset the impact of a coronavirus outbreak, focusing on support for small businesses ...

Sumo tournament begins in empty arena amid virus fears

Sumo tournament begins in empty arena amid virus fears

Sumo's spring tournament began behind closed doors on Sunday, the latest big event in Japan to be hit by the coronavirus less than five months before the Tokyo Olympics.