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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.

Japan Set to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Program For Elderly
May 13, 2021

Japan Set to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Program For Elderly

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan will step up efforts to complete the vaccination of its elderly population by the end of July.

Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Alarming Spike in COVID-19 Variants
May 09, 2021

Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Alarming Spike in COVID-19 Variants

By Thisanka Siripala
Tokyo and Osaka face a prolonged, stricter state of emergency after an explosion of faster spreading COVID-19 variants.
‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
April 20, 2021

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas

By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.

The Domestic Politics of Suga’s China Stance
April 19, 2021

The Domestic Politics of Suga’s China Stance

By Duncan Bartlett
At the Biden-Suga summit, strong language on China, including a notable mention of Taiwan, was tempered by Suga's precarious situation at home.
Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay Under Threat From COVID-19 Rebound
April 03, 2021

Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay Under Threat From COVID-19 Rebound

By Thisanka Siripala
A resurgence of cases in Tokyo and Osaka casts doubt on the idea of a coronavirus-proof Olympic Games.

Japan Puts Osaka, 2 Other Areas Under Virus Semi-Emergency
April 01, 2021

Japan Puts Osaka, 2 Other Areas Under Virus Semi-Emergency

By Mari Yamaguchi
Infections are rising in parts of Japan, including a worrying increase in new variants.

Will Japan’s Olympics Be Rescued by China’s Vaccine?
March 15, 2021

Will Japan’s Olympics Be Rescued by China’s Vaccine?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains tight-lipped over the IOC’s offer to provide Chinese-made vaccines to Olympic athletes.

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency
March 06, 2021

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency

By Associated Press
With polling showing strong opposition to holding the Games this summer and COVID-19 cases holding strong, Hashimoto Seiko has an uphill battle to win public support.
Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine
February 24, 2021

Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's lagging vaccine roll-out draws attention to the barriers in commercializing domestic vaccine production.

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