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Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Begin
July 29, 2021

Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Begin

By Mari Yamaguchi
Even as the Games continue, health experts urged Japanese to adopt a “sense of crisis” toward the current outbreak.

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows
July 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s spectatorless Opening Ceremony welcomes world leaders and sponsors amid a COVID-19 state of emergency.
Noriko Hama on the Tokyo Olympics and Japan’s Economy
July 21, 2021

Noriko Hama on the Tokyo Olympics and Japan’s Economy

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Olympics will end up being a "net negative" for Japan, Hama predicts.

Is Japan’s Olympic Bubble About to Burst?
July 20, 2021

Is Japan’s Olympic Bubble About to Burst?

By Thisanka Siripala
Gaping holes in the Tokyo Olympics bubble could derail the safety of athletes in the village and entire competitions. 

Will Japan’s Rapid COVID-19 Rebound Set Back the Tokyo Olympics?
July 19, 2021

Will Japan’s Rapid COVID-19 Rebound Set Back the Tokyo Olympics?

By Thisanka Siripala
The COVID-19 outlook for Tokyo ahead of the Olympics looks bleak, with the infection rate expected to rise.

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
July 01, 2021

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

By Naoko Aoki
The success of Japan’s vaccination campaign could determine whether Prime Minister Suga stays in office beyond this fall.

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts
June 23, 2021

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts

By Thisanka Siripala
While restaurants and bars in Tokyo face COVID-19 restrictions, local fans will be allowed at Olympic venues, fanning fears of a coronavirus rebound.  
Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam
June 11, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam

By Thisanka Siripala
Vaccinations for the elderly are in full swing, but the current pace means Japan won’t see a return to normal life until the end of the year.

Japan’s Pre-Olympics Vaccine Push Looks To Be Too Late
June 05, 2021

Japan’s Pre-Olympics Vaccine Push Looks To Be Too Late

By Mari Yamaguchi
Even optimistic estimates suggest at least 70 percent of Japan’s population will remain unvaccinated as of the Olympics’ opening day.

Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?
June 03, 2021

Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public opinion has hardened against the Tokyo Olympics as Japan struggles to curb the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in time for the tournament.

Major Japan Newspaper Asahi Calls for Olympic Cancellation
May 27, 2021

Major Japan Newspaper Asahi Calls for Olympic Cancellation

By Stephen Wade and Kantaro Komiya
Japan’s second-largest newspaper by circulation called for the Olympics to be scrapped amid an ongoing COVID-19 surge.
Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics
May 25, 2021

Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan is scrambling to speed up its vaccination campaign ahead of opening day for the Tokyo Olympics.

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