Covid-19: Three test positive at Olympic Village, sparking fears of outbreak ahead of Games

Two athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village after a team colleague was also infected, officials said on Sunday, raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony.  The first cases involving athletes in the Village come a day after a member of their entourage returned the first positiveContinue reading “Covid-19: Three test positive at Olympic Village, sparking fears of outbreak ahead of Games”

COVID cases found at Olympic hotel in Japan as IOC hails ‘historic’ Games

New COVID-19 cases at Olympic delegation’s hotel IOC’s Bach praises Japanese effort, sees “historic” Games Host city records most daily infections in nearly six months A coronavirus cluster at a Japanese hotel where dozens of Brazilian Olympic team members are staying has raised new concern about infections at what the world’s top Olympics official promisedContinue reading “COVID cases found at Olympic hotel in Japan as IOC hails ‘historic’ Games”

Olympics bans spectators after Tokyo declares COVID-19 emergency

Foreign spectators already excluded from delayed Games Organisers to meet Thursday evening on domestic spectators Virus restrictions, public sentiment to affect decision Tokyo mustn’t be springboard for new COVID wave – PM The Tokyo Olympics will take place without spectators, organisers said on Thursday, as a resurgent pandemic forced Japan to declare a coronavirus state of emergencyContinue reading “Olympics bans spectators after Tokyo declares COVID-19 emergency”

Japan’s No. 2 raises possibility of joining US in defending Taiwan

Taro Aso calls island contingency a potential ‘threat to survival’ If China invades Taiwan, Tokyo may interpret the move as a “threat to Japan’s survival” and deploy the Self-Defense Forces to exercise collective self-defense, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday. “If a major incident happened [in Taiwan], it would not be strange at allContinue reading “Japan’s No. 2 raises possibility of joining US in defending Taiwan”

2 dead, some 20 missing in large mudslide southwest of Tokyo

Two people died and about 20 others remained missing Saturday after torrential rain triggered a large mudslide southwest of Tokyo, destroying more than 10 houses, local authorities said. A video posted on Twitter showed dark water mixed with soil and sand flowing rapidly from the top of a mountain at about 10:30 a.m. in Atami,Continue reading “2 dead, some 20 missing in large mudslide southwest of Tokyo”

Japan minister says necessary to ‘wake up’ to protect Taiwan

 Japan’s deputy defense minister on Monday warned of a growing threat posed by Chinese and Russian collaboration and said it was necessary to “wake up” to Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan and protect the island “as a democratic country.” Speaking to the Hudson Institute think tank, State Minister of Defence Yasuhide Nakayama questioned whether the decisionContinue reading “Japan minister says necessary to ‘wake up’ to protect Taiwan”

Japan’s emperor ‘extremely worried’ about Olympics amid pandemic

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito is “extremely worried” that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Imperial Palace said Thursday with the Games opening in one month. The Games will bring thousands of foreign athletes, officials, sponsors and journalists to Japan during a pandemic, despite caution raised byContinue reading “Japan’s emperor ‘extremely worried’ about Olympics amid pandemic”

30% of fresh COVID-19 cases in Tokyo in their 20s

Authorities in Tokyo confirmed 772 fresh cases of novel coronavirus infection on May 15, of which 234, or about 30 percent, involved those in their 20s. The daily average of new cases for the week ending May 15 came to 876.4, up 12.9 percent over the previous week, according to metropolitan government officials. Among the latestContinue reading “30% of fresh COVID-19 cases in Tokyo in their 20s”

Hospitals overwhelmed as Covid cases surge in Osaka

Beds almost at capacity and an estimated 17,000 people with symptoms waiting for treatment A surge in coronavirus cases in Japan is forcing exhausted medical workers to make “heartbreaking” decisions about treatment as healthcare services are close to being overwhelmed, medics have said. In Osaka, at the centre of the country’s fourth wave of infections, hospital bedsContinue reading “Hospitals overwhelmed as Covid cases surge in Osaka”

Olympics Committee Accused of Racism for “Black Lives Matter” Ban at Tokyo Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week reaffirmed a contentious rule that bans athletes from engaging in political speech or silent acts of protest, specifically stating that the phrase “Black Lives Matter” would be banned at this year’s games in Tokyo, Japan. Taking a knee or lifting a fist in support of racial equality during the games wouldContinue reading “Olympics Committee Accused of Racism for “Black Lives Matter” Ban at Tokyo Games”

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