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Japan faces new virus emergencies, three months before Olympics

Apo - Japan's government is to declare virus states of emergencies in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, exactly three months before the Olympic opening ceremony, as new infections surge.

Podium protests banned at Tokyo, Beijing Olympics after poll

Lausanne - Athletes will be banned from protesting on podiums and the field of play at the Tokyo Olympics and Beijing Winter Games after recommendations from the athletes' commission, the IOC said on Thursday.

Virus surge may delay Olympics fan decision till June

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers said Wednesday they may put off an announcement on how many fans can attend the Games until May or June, as surging coronavirus infections play havoc with preparations.

Japanese region seeks new virus emergency as Olympics near

Apo - Japan's third most populated region on Tuesday asked the central government to impose a state of emergency over the coronavirus as infections rise just three months before the country hosts the Olympics.

Japan artisans showcase Olympic collection under virus cloud

Apo - Craftsman Kimiaki Kono was hoping the Tokyo Olympics would be a chance to win new fans for Japan's lute-like shamisen, but the pandemic has left things on a sour note.

Virus could force Olympics cancellation, says top Japanese politician

Apo - A senior Japanese politician said cancelling the Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus remains a possibility on Thursday, as a surge in cases renews concerns about the Games with less than 100 days to go.

Olympics 'difficult' after virus spikes, Japan medical group warns

Apo - Holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer will be "really difficult" given a spike in coronavirus infections across Japan, the head of the Tokyo Medical Association has warned.

Tokyo tightening virus measures nearly 100 days before Olympics

Apo - Japan's government will approve tighter coronavirus measures for the capital on Friday, weeks after lifting a state of emergency and with just over 100 days until the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

'Rowdy' Honda bests Seto at Japan's Olympic swim trials

Apo - Self-described "rowdy character" Tomoru Honda kept his cool to clinch a place in Japan's Tokyo Olympics swimming team on Tuesday, qualifying alongside star Daiya Seto in the 200-metre butterfly.

Tokyo Olympics water polo test postponed over virus: organisers

Apo - A Tokyo Olympics water polo test event has been postponed, organisers said Tuesday, following reports it had been called off because sport officials cannot enter Japan due to virus restrictions.

Don't overhype Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Irie

Apo - Leukaemia survivor Rikako Ikee must put her health first after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan swimming teammate Ryosuke Irie said Monday, warning the media not to overdo the hype.

'Ray of light': Olympic torch relay begins after year's delay

Iwaki - The Tokyo Olympics torch relay got underway on Thursday after a year's coronavirus delay, with officials hoping it will be a "ray of light" after the problems caused by the pandemic.

Japanese fans will 'cheer for all athletes' at Tokyo Games

Apo - Japanese fans will "cheer for all athletes" at the Tokyo Olympics, organisers pledged Monday, after the unprecedented decision to bar overseas spectators from attending over virus fears.

'Unavoidable': overseas fans barred from Tokyo Olympics over virus

Apo - Overseas fans will be banned from this summer's virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics, organisers said Saturday, calling the decision disappointing but "unavoidable" as they try to hold the Games safely during the pandemic.

Tokyo Olympic organisers meet on overseas fan ban

Apo - Olympic organisers met Saturday for talks expected to bar overseas fans from this summer's pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, in a bid to reduce virus risks and win over a sceptical public.

Tokyo Olympic organisers meet on overseas fan ban

Apo - Olympic organisers meet Saturday for talks expected to bar overseas fans from this summer's pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, in a bid to reduce virus risks and win over a sceptical public.

Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits over pig insult to female comedian

Apo - The creative director for Tokyo's Olympic ceremonies resigned on Thursday for suggesting a female comedian appear as a pig, just weeks after the Games' chief stepped down over insulting remarks about women.

Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits over comedian insult

Apo - The creative director for Tokyo's Olympic ceremonies will resign after making derogatory comments about a female Japanese comedian, in the latest headache for organisers of the virus-delayed Games.

Fans barred from Tokyo Olympics torch relay start

Apo - Spectators will be barred from the start of the Tokyo Olympics torch relay, organisers said Monday, announcing a pared-back launch as the countdown to the postponed Games begins in earnest.

Tokyo Olympics board gets 12 new female members

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers approved 12 new female executive board members on Wednesday, less than two weeks after appointing a woman president in the wake of an embarrassing sexism row.

Top sports court cancels Iranian judo federation suspension

Lausanne - Sport's top court on Monday cancelled the suspension of the Iranian judo federation, imposed after it ordered judoka Saeid Mollaei not to fight against an Israeli.

Fans, but no cheering, for delayed Olympic torch relay

Apo - Spectators will be allowed to line the route when the Olympic flame begins its delayed relay across Japan next month, organisers said Thursday, but cheering will be strictly banned.

Japan Olympic minister top pick for 2020 chief after sexism row: reports

Apo - Japan's Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto has been chosen as the top candidate to replace Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori after he resigned over a sexism row, reports said Wednesday.

Tokyo Olympics panel starts search for new boss after sexism row

Apo - The panel charged with finding a new Tokyo Olympics chief after a sexism row began talks on Tuesday as campaigners called for more transparency in the selection process.

Tokyo Olympics boss resigns over sexism row, but successor unclear

Apo - Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned Friday over sexist remarks, leaving a leadership vacuum after opposition emerged to his favoured successor.

Tokyo Olympics boss Mori to resign over sexist remarks: media

Apo - Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori is to resign after he sparked outrage in Japan and abroad with his claims that women speak too much in meetings, reports said Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics boss Mori to resign over sexist remarks: media

Apo - Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori is to resign over sexist remarks that have sparked outrage in Japan and abroad, reports said Thursday.

Tokyo 2020 to discuss chief's sexist remarks: reports

Apo - Tokyo Olympic organisers are planning to meet this week to discuss their response to sexist comments made by their boss, reports said Tuesday, after hundreds of Games volunteers quit in the ensuing furore.

Bill Camp earns SAG nod for acting work in 'The Queen's Gambit'

Veteran actor Bill Camp has a major reason to be proud. He has earned a 2021 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for "The Queen's Gambit." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Tennis star Osaka slams 'ignorant' sexist comments by Tokyo Olympics chief

Melbourne - Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka Saturday slammed "ignorant" remarks from the Tokyo Olympics' chief organiser after a sexism row that has triggered an angry backlash and calls for his resignation.
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