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Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga

Sep. 05, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen...

Paralympics open in empty stadium — just like Olympics

Aug. 24, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympics began Tuesday in the same empty National Stadium — during the same pandemic — as the opening and closing ceremonies of the recently completed Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Emperor Naruhito got it all started again, this time under the theme...

Japan marks 76th anniversary of WWII defeat; no Suga apology

Aug. 15, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday with a somber ceremony in which Prime Minister Yosihide Suga pledged for the tragedy of war to never be repeated but avoided apologizing for his country's aggression. Suga said Japan...

Tokyo's Olympic fears give way to acceptance, to a point

Aug. 11, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics began during a worsening pandemic in Japan, the majority of the host nation was in opposition, with Emperor Naruhito dropping the word “celebrating” from his opening declaration of welcome. But once the Games got underway and...

From the Emperor on down: Memories of the '64 Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — From Emperor Naruhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games. ...

The Latest: Osaka lights cauldron at Tokyo opening ceremony

Jul. 23, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the...

Tokyo Olympics begin with muted ceremony and empty stadium

Jul. 23, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito declares the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics open

Jul. 23, 2021 10:16 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito declares the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics open.

Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime minister

Jul. 22, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

Jul. 22, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. ...