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IOC’s Bach draws ire in Japan over long opening ceremony speech

26-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

For a Games billed as the most inclusive and diverse on record, one element of Friday’s opening ceremony stood out for many Japanese: Olympic boss Thomas Bach spoke for [...] » More

Glittering gold distracts from Tokyo woes

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 12:40 PM

Sport stretched out over Tokyo on Saturday as the Olympic Games finally got underway, but the shadow of COVID-19 and controversy was never far away on the opening day. China [...] » More

As the Games begin, how is Japan dealing with COVID-19?

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 11:50 AM

The Tokyo Olympics officially kick off Friday evening after a yearlong delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the capital remains under a state of emergency to curb [...] » More

Japan PM seeks faster COVID vaccine delivery from Pfiser-media

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga met with the CEO of Pfiser Inc (PFE.N) on Friday, requesting faster delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, the Nikkei reported, as the Olympic [...] » More

Trump used ‘individual personality,’ Biden more collaborative, Japanese PM says

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | NBC | 5:02 AM

Donald Trump and Joe Biden: Japan’s leader has seen them both in action, and knows the big differences between their styles. Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga said [...] » More

Details of Korean wartime labour at Japan heritage site insufficient, UNESCO says

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 5:02 AM

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on Thursday adopted a resolution stating that Japan has failed to provide a sufficient explanation about wartime workers from the [...] » More

Another casualty of the COVID Olympics… Japanese whisky

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Yahoo Sports | 5:02 AM

In 1964, the last time Japan hosted the Olympics, the Suntory distillery, the nation’s oldest, moved a batch of then 4-year-old whisky from a mizunara oak cask to a [...] » More

Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony to kick off Games hit by Covid, scandals, low support

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | NBC | 5:02 AM

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics finally kicked off on Friday, having retained its name but little else in the year since it was delayed by Covid-19. And persevering in the face of [...] » More

Macron in Tokyo for Olympic opening ceremony

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 5:02 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Tokyo on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which is taking place under strict virus rules. [...] » More

Typhoon In-fa lashes Japan’s southern islands as another tropical threat looms

Typhoon In-fa lashes Japan’s southern islands as another tropical threat looms

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | CNN | 5:02 AM

Typhoon In-fa is bearing down on the southern Japanese islands and has its eye set on eastern China by next week. The storm could bring extremely heavy rainfall totals to [...] » More

Toyota halts its three Thailand plants as COVID-19 spread hits parts supply

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Kyodo | 5:02 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. has suspended operations at all three of its plants in Thailand through next Wednesday due to a shortage of parts, after the latest COVID-19 outbreak [...] » More

About 1 In 6 American Olympians In Tokyo Are Unvaccinated

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | HuffPost | 5:02 AM

About 100 of the 613 US athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief said hours before Friday [...] » More

Guinea backs out of Tokyo Olympics ahead of opening ceremony, citing COVID-19 pandemic

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Yahoo Sports | 5:02 AM

Guinea won’t be participating in the Olympics after all. The African nation officially backed out of the Tokyo Games, and cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as its [...] » More

Tokyo records 1,359 new COVID-19 cases as week-on-week rise hits 34th day

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 5:02 AM

Tokyo confirmed 1,359 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the metropolitan government said, up from 1,271 from a week before and surpassing the week-on-week figure for the 34th [...] » More

In venue fit for head of state, Japan PM seeks Pfiser doses

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:02 AM

Japan’s prime minister met with Pfiser’s CEO in an unusually high-profile setting Friday to make sure the drugmaker would deliver the COVID-19 vaccine as promised [...] » More