Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Belgian Olympians get priority vaccines ahead of Tokyo Games

Apr. 19, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Olympians traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Games were promised priority treatment for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday. The Belgian Olympic Committee said its 177 Olympic and 55 Paralympic athletes will get vaccine shots while most of the adult...

Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

Apr. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week...

Column: The Tokyo Olympics will go on, but in name only

Apr. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

In 1964, less than two decades removed from World War II, Japan used the Summer Olympics to showcase its astonishing recovery from a horrific defeat. It was an undeniable triumph for the host nation. This time, the Tokyo Games will be a...

Japan expands virus alert in Tokyo area as surge spreads

Apr. 16, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan decided to raise the coronavirus alert level in the capital's three neighboring prefectures and a fourth area in central Japan on Friday to allow tougher measures as a more contagious coronavirus variant spreads and adds to doubts about whether the Tokyo Olympics can go...

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

Apr. 16, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday was again forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months and not be canceled despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was asked...

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks

Apr. 13, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago. “The certainty was a crucial factor," Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president at the time, said after the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires. Now,...

Olympic baseball qualifying in West Palm Beach, St. Lucie

Apr. 13, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

The United States' delayed second chance at qualifying for the Olympic baseball tournament has been moved to the spring training home of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals and the exhibition ballpark of the New York Mets. The Baseball Americas Qualifier will...

Olympic torch runs through empty park in Osaka as cases rise

Apr. 13, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics ran through a mostly empty Osaka city park on Tuesday, showing the risks of trying to hold the postponed games during a pandemic. It came on the same day that the government said new coronavirus cases in Osaka hit...

Tokyo adopts tougher virus rules, starts vaccinating elders

Apr. 12, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo adopted tougher measures against the coronavirus Monday as Japanese authorities struggle to curb the spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Olympics in a country where less than 1% of people have been vaccinated. Japan started its...

Japan's champion: Matsuyama wins the Masters for his nation

Apr. 12, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters. It was a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, disasters that killed thousands and destroyed much of the region he called home in March 2011. He decided to...