6.7-magnitude quake hits Philippines: USGS

A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 am (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometres (70 miles), USGS said. It was followed a […]

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Olympics: First COVID case found at athletes’ village, stoking fears ahead of Games

TOKYO (Reuters) -Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday a person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the athletes’ village, the first case at a site where most competitors will be staying, raising new doubts over promises of a “safe and secure” Games. The organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising […]

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Tokyo takes most of Olympic torch relay off roads due to pandemic

Daily life in Tokyo – Pedestrians holding umbrellas walk past the Olympic Rings in Tokyo’s historic Nihonbashi district. The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) has opened a cultural hub “Olympic Agora”, a collection of art installations, exhibitions, and digital attractions to experience the spirit of the Olympics from 1 July to 15 August. […]

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John Oliver explains why the only thing safe about the Olympics in COVID-ravaged Japan is the free condoms

Japan is being crushed under the weight of the COVID-19 virus as the D variant spread and vaccinations were slow to start. While Japan has taken every step possible to protect Olympic athletes, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver noted that things don’t appear to be all that safe. Protesters have been in opposition to […]

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Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday. Having postponed the Games for a year because of the pandemic, Japan has already banned overseas spectators — in an Olympics first — while reducing the number of participants, volunteers and guests. […]

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Top Republican thinks China is going to harvest DNA of American Olympians to create super soldiers

The make-up Olympics are headed to Japan this year, but next year Beijing will have the winter Olympic games and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is very concerned that the Chinese government will harvest American Olympian DNA to create super soldiers. In a letter that Cotton sent to President Joe Biden demanding to know what precautions […]

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G7 showed that post-Trump, the world has shifted

What a difference a year makes in international diplomacy. A year ago, then-US President Donald Trump was obliged to abandon his plans for a G7 summit at the presidential retreat of Camp David outside Washington. Various excuses were advanced by participants, including the inadvisability of travelling across the world in the midst of a pandemic. […]

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Japan leans toward holding the Games with local spectators

By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is leaning towards allowing domestic spectators at the Tokyo Olympics despite the COVID-19 pandemic, media reported on Wednesday, with organisers planning to monitor the movements of foreign media to prevent spread of the virus. More Japanese government officials and 2020 Tokyo Olympics organisers are in favour of holding the […]

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French investigators interrogate Carlos Ghosn in Beirut

Carlos Ghosn – Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference. A team of French investigative judges on Monday started questioning former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in Beirut over suspicions of financial misconduct, a judicial source said. – Marwan Naamani/dpa A team of French investigative judges on Monday started questioning former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in […]

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Olympics-Japan considers asking Olympic fans for negative COVID tests, vaccinations – Yomiuri

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is considering requiring negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records from fans attending the Tokyo Olympics, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, as a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong. With the opening of the Games less than two months away, public confidence has been shaken by a […]

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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy considered for role in Biden administration: report

President Joe Biden considering the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy for a role in his administration, according to a new report by The Washington Post. “President Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to nominating Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy who served as ambassador to Japan during the Obama […]

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One of Japan’s largest newspapers, a Tokyo Olympics sponsor, calls for cancellation of the Games

One of Japan’s largest newspapers is calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. In an explosive editorial published Wednesday, The Asahi Shimbun said that it is “simply beyond reason to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer.” In a piece headlined “Prime Minister Suga, please call off the Olympics this summer,” the paper’s […]

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Petition to cancel Olympics submitted in Tokyo

A petition to cancel the Tokyo Olympics with more than 351,000 signatures was submitted to the city’s governor on Friday, with its organizer urging officials to “prioritize life”. The online petition titled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives” was launched earlier this month by Kenji Utsunomiya, a lawyer and former candidate for Tokyo […]

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Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes – Nikkei

By Eimi Yamamitsu and Ju-min Park TOKYO (Reuters) -Dozens of Japanese towns have abandoned plans to host Olympics athletes due to concerns they will overburden already stretched medical resources amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday. Forty out of more than 500 towns registered to welcome international competitors had […]

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Is Japan’s monarchy dying out?

Japan wrestles with questions of imperial succession – Aiko (r), Princess of Japan, waves. Under Japan’s current legislation, only male descendants of the male family line can ascend to the throne, while female family members have no claim and must leave the imperial family and become private citizens if they choose to marry someone.. – […]

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Tokyo Olympics must be ‘reconsidered’ due to Japan’s failure to contain pandemic – report

By Rocky Swift TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s inability to contain the COVID-19 pandemic means that plans to hold the Olympics in Tokyo should be reconsidered, health experts wrote in a commentary. The 2020 Games, already delayed by one year, are due to begin in fewer than 100 days, even as Japan expands quasi-emergency measures to […]

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