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Tokyo governor urges youth to get vaccinated to slow surge

Jul. 28, 2021 01:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics. On Tuesday, the Japanese capital...

Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin

Jul. 27, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there was no need to consider a suspension of the Games. ...

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

Jul. 27, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with...

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Jul. 22, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that...

Olympics, pandemic and politics: There's no separating them

Jul. 21, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Over and over, year after year, the stewards of the Olympics say it: The Games aren't supposed to be political. But how do you avoid politics when you're trying to pull off an event of this complexity during a lethal and protracted pandemic? Consider: ...

Under-fire Olympic composer steps down over past bullying

Jul. 19, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer working on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, quit Monday after coming under fire for bullying classmates during his childhood. “I sincerely accept the opinions and advice I have received, express my gratitude, and...

IOC's Bach gets mixed reaction in one-day visit to Hiroshima

Jul. 16, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach got a mixed reception in his visit on Friday to Hiroshima to mark the first day of the so-called Olympic Truce. Such a one-day visit by a dignitary would ordinarily be routine, but the Olympics are set to open next week...

Cases surge to 6-month high in Tokyo a week before Olympics

Jul. 15, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New coronavirus cases surged to 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, a six-month high, as fears rise of a possible dramatic increase that could flood hospitals during the Olympics that start in eight days. Tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency, which began...

Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan

Jul. 09, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is famous for running on consensus. But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. On one side, the Japanese public face concerns about the coronavirus at a time when only 16% are fully vaccinated. On the other...

The Latest: Australia to tighten restrictions in Sydney

Jul. 08, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities are further tightening restrictions in Sydney after reporting 44 new community cases, the largest number since a coronavirus outbreak began there last month. The city of more than 5 million is already in lockdown. New South Wales State...