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World Jul 08Fans are banned from the Tokyo Olympics
The ban came hours after a state of emergency in the capital starting from Monday, declared by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to contain rising COVID-19 cases.
World Jul 05Japan searches for dozens missing in mudslide; 4 dead
An official says 80 people are still unaccounted for. Authorities plan to release their names, hoping that perhaps some were away when the disaster struck, since many of the apartments and houses in Atami are second homes or vacation rentals.
World Jun 24Japan’s emperor is ‘extremely worried’ the Tokyo Olympics could accelerate coronavirus spread
The games will bring thousands of foreign athletes, officials, sponsors and journalists to Japan during a pandemic, despite caution raised by experts about the risk of infections.
World Jun 18Top medical adviser says ‘no fans’ safest for Tokyo Olympics
The safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans, the top medical adviser to the Japanese government said in a report on Friday.
Politics Jun 01U.S., Japan reaffirm alliance amid China territorial claims
The new head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has held talks with top Japanese officials and reaffirmed their alliance amid China's increasingly assertive claims to contested areas in the region.
World Jun 01Japan’s vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late
It's sinking in that Japan's scramble to catch up on a frustratingly slow vaccination drive less than two months before the Summer Olympics start may be too little, too late.
World May 28Japan extends virus emergency with safe Olympics at stake
Japan extended a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas for 20 more days on Friday, with infections still not slowing as it prepares to host the Olympics in just over 50 days.
World May 14Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Japan is further expanding a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine as the government repeated its determination to hold the Olympics in just over two months. Japan has been struggling to slow infections ahead of…
Politics Apr 16WATCH: Biden meets with Japanese prime minister, first guest to White House
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House in a bid to underscore the two countries’ alliance as a counter to an autocratic and increasingly assertive China.
World Mar 25LGBTQ groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics
LGBTQ and other human rights activists say the momentum for the law is rising as Japan gets attention over its handling of gender equality, diversity and other human rights issues.