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Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics despite virus surge

Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics despite virus surge

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed on Monday to forge ahead with preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer, in the face of growing public opposition as Japan battles a surge in coronavirus infections.

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that ‘anything can happen’ with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games ...

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Tokyo Olympics organisers played down a poll showing plunging support for the Games on Tuesday and said a report claiming cancellation could be discussed next month was ‘fake news’.

Japan PM says government will consider state of emergency for Tokyo area

Japan PM says government will consider state of emergency for Tokyo area

Japan said on Monday it would consider declaring a state of emergency for the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area as coronavirus cases climb, casting fresh doubt over whether it can push ahead with the Olympics and keep economic damage to a minimum.

Masked and muted Olympics will still dominate crowded 2021 in sports

Masked and muted Olympics will still dominate crowded 2021 in sports

The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be the centrepiece of a crammed sporting year in 2021 as sports administrators who had their calendars wiped away by the coronavirus pandemic try to fill the gaps even as a second wave hits.

Japan 'Twitter killer' sentenced to death for nine murders

Japan 'Twitter killer' sentenced to death for nine murders

A Japanese man dubbed the ‘Twitter killer’ was sentenced to death by a Tokyo court on Tuesday for murdering and dismembering nine people he met on the social media platform.

Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is heading home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

Japan health experts urge pause in domestic travel campaign as Covid-19 cases surge

Japan health experts urge pause in domestic travel campaign as Covid-19 cases surge

Japanese health experts said the government should consider pausing its domestic travel campaign in some regions amid a record surge in Covid-19 cases and as the nation heads into a holiday weekend.

Japan's capital raises coronavirus alert to highest as cases set record

Japan's capital raises coronavirus alert to highest as cases set record

The Japanese capital of Tokyo posted the highest coronavirus alert level on Thursday with its daily tally of new cases set for a record high of more than 500, and its governor warned of much worse unless action is taken.

IOC's Bach 'very confident' Tokyo Olympics will have fans

IOC's Bach 'very confident' Tokyo Olympics will have fans

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said Monday he is now ‘very, very confident’ that spectators will be able to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics, as he kicked off a visit aimed at boosting momentum for the pandemic-postponed Games.

Four-nation gymnastics hints at how pandemic Olympics might work

Four-nation gymnastics hints at how pandemic Olympics might work

Japan provided a glimpse Sunday into what the delayed Tokyo Olympics may look like next summer as fans attended the country's first international sporting competition since the pandemic shutdown.

Japan's ANA to shrink fleet as it skids towards record $4.8bn loss

Japan's ANA to shrink fleet as it skids towards record $4.8bn loss

Japan's ANA Holdings Inc on Tuesday said it will retire more than a tenth of its mostly Boeing Co fleet and delay two aircraft orders to help rein in costs and survive a collapse in air travel caused by coronavirus travel ...