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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Japan says North Korea ballistic missile launch threatens peace

By Josh Smith and Antoni Slodkowski SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan on Thursday, Japan’s prime minister said, fuelling tensions ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and ramping up pressure on the new Biden administration in Washington. North Korea’s ballistic missiles are banned under United Nations Security Council […]

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Japan PM wants Olympics to be ‘victory against coronavirus’

Liberal Democratic Party annual convention in Tokyo – Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Yoshihide Suga delivers a speech at the annual party convention. – Pool/ZUMA Wire/dpa Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that staging the Tokyo Olympics in summer is to be “proof of victory against the coronavirus.” […]

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International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) – International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan during this summer’s delayed Olympic Games amid public concerns over the coronavirus, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee said on Saturday. Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, according to a statement released following a five-party meeting including the […]

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Biden trumping Putin: Scorned Russian president calls for zoom-style ‘live online’ debate

Russian President Vladimir Putin is being driven bonkers by U.S. President Joe Biden. After four years of Trump-era support and zero criticism coming the American leader Putin is now facing a formidable foe. President Biden in a Wednesday interview declared that Putin will “pay a price” for his attack on the 2020 U.S. election, after […]

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Likely new head of Tokyo 2020 is ex-Olympian, minister for women’s rights

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto emerged as a candidate to lead the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, public broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday, after ex-prime minister Yoshiro Mori resigned from the post over sexist remarks. [L4N2KN1PC] Born days before Japan hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, Hashimoto’s parents named her […]

Biden resets by stressing US commitment to defend Japan

President Joe Biden reaffirmed Wednesday the United States’ commitment to defend Japan in his first phone call with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, striking a note of reassurance after the Trump era. During Donald Trump’s administration, America’s Asian allies often questioned whether Washington would uphold long-standing promises to defend them in the event of attack. Trump […]

Fukushima nuclear debris removal delayed by virus

The removal of nuclear debris from Japan’s crippled Fukushima power plant will be delayed by about a year, because the pandemic has set back development of specialised equipment, the plant’s operator said Thursday. The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had been scheduled to start removing melted fuel from deep inside one of the mangled reactors […]

NASA probe Osiris-Rex set to ‘kiss’ asteroid Bennu in historic mission

After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex will descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface on Tuesday, touching down for a few seconds to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles (330 million kilometers) from Earth. Last year, Japan managed with its Hayabusa2 probe to collect some dust from another […]

The underground ‘Parthenon’ protecting Tokyo from floods

It has been called Japan’s underground “Parthenon”, a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding — a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances. Above ground, there is little to give away the cathedral-like feat of engineering that forms the main reservoir of the Kasukabe flood tank, the […]

Silent screams: Japan rollercoaster virus guide wins hearts

Tokyo (AFP) – It might be the unlikeliest instructional video ever, but footage of two Japanese amusement park executives demonstrating how to “scream inside your heart” to avoid spreading COVID-19 while on a rollercoaster has been a roaring success.”Now our customers stay silent while riding on rollercoasters,” a spokeswoman for amusement park operator Fujikyuko told […]

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