Monday, June 14, 2021


China gets veiled rebuke from Japan, Australia

Beijing’s relations with Tokyo and Canberra have been strained in recent times over several issues.

Tokyo to vaccinate 18,000 Olympics workers, volunteers

Some of the 70,000 volunteers will also be included, if they are expected to have regular close contact with athletes.

New poll finds half of Japanese back Olympics this summer

This is an increase from 39% who stated their support in May for the Games to proceed.

10,000 Olympic volunteers quit ahead of Games

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto says the reduction in volunteers will not affect the running of the Games because the event has been scaled back, so fewer people are needed.

Aussie Spirit softball squad fly to Japan early for Olympics

Pressure is still on the organisers to cancel the games but the IOC says that will not happen.

Japan to extend virus emergency until month before Olympics

Tokyo and nine other parts of the country are currently under emergency orders which mostly involve closing bars and restaurants early and banning them from selling alcohol.

US adds Japan to ‘do not travel’ list as Olympics loom amid Covid-19 crisis

The death rate has increased to levels last seen over the winter and hospitals are starting to reach capacity in parts of the country.

Japan bullet train driver leaves controls for high-speed toilet dash

He was away for three minutes, long enough to make the train one minute late – a delay which prompted an investigation in a country famous for punctuality.

Myanmar junta fires protesting diplomats in Tokyo, report says

A Japanese government spokesman says the Myanmar embassy has told the foreign ministry that diplomatic visas for the pair will no longer be valid.

Japan to expand virus emergency as 350,000 sign ‘Cancel Olympics’ petition

Kenji Utsunomiya, a former candidate for Tokyo governor, urges Games organisers to 'prioritise life'.

Japan to extend emergency virus measures as Olympics approach

The government is expected to extend the restrictions until the end of May and also impose them in Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures, where infections are spiking.

Sumo fans outraged as wrestler dies from concussion suffered in fight

It is not the first time that there has been a controversial incident involving concussion in the sport.

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