G7 officials vow to keep supporting economy, will back minimum global corporate tax – National

By Jan Strupczewski Reuters Posted May 31, 2021 11:10 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Finance ministers and central bankers from the group of seven rich nations (G7) will vow this week to keep supporting their […]

Fans attending Tokyo Olympics may have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination: report – National

Japan is considering requiring fans attending the Tokyo Olympics to show negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, as a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong. Japan extended on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas to June 20, and with the […]

Sports without spectators: Tokyo Olympics could go fan-free over COVID-19 risks – National

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee hinted Friday that even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months. Fans from abroad were ruled out months ago as being too risky during the COVID-19 pandemic. The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became […]

Japan to extend COVID-19 state of emergency as hopes for safe Tokyo Olympics fade – National

Japan is set to extend a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas with infections not yet slowing to levels it can safely host the Olympics opening in just over 50 days. The extension is needed as people are increasingly roaming in public, especially in Tokyo and Osaka, when they should be […]

Japan to keep U.S. informed on COVID-19 risk as Tokyo Olympics approach: White House – National

The Japanese government has assured the United States that it will keep in close contact about concerns over the coronavirus ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the White House said Wednesday. “We trust what the government of Japan has stated to us,” deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday. The White House understands “the careful consideration that the […]

Japan scales up COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of Olympics as U.S. issues travel warning – National

The Japanese government Tuesday was quick to deny a U.S. warning for Americans to avoid traveling to Japan would have an impact on Olympians wanting to compete in the postponed Tokyo Games. U.S. officials cited a surge in coronavirus cases in Japan caused by virus variants that may even be risky to vaccinated people. […]

Canadian swimming team calls off pre-Olympic training plan in Japan: report – National

The Canadian swimming team canceled their pre-Olympic training plan in Japan ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo reported on Friday. Read more: Tokyo Olympics will ‘absolutely’ go ahead despite COVID-19 state of emergency: IOC The team is the latest of some 50 delegations that have pulled out of pre-Olympic training camps – the majority due to concerns over the pandemic as Tokyo and […]

Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines

Japan formally approved Moderna and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, but the latter will not be used immediately because of lingering concern over very rare blood clots. The decision comes just over two months before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, with growing disquiet in Japan about the country’s comparatively slow vaccine roll-out. Nine regions including Tokyo are […]

Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines as it races to stem COVID-19 wave – National

Japan on Friday approved the use of two new vaccines — Moderna and AstraZeneca — hours ahead of an expansion of a state of coronavirus emergency that will cover roughly 40% of the population. It’s the latest effort to contain a worrying surge in infections nine weeks ahead of the opening of the Tokyo […]

Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics reaches 350,000 signatures – National

An online petition with more than 350,000 signatures calling for the Tokyo Games to be canceled was submitted Friday to local organizers, the International Olympic Committee and others. The Olympics are scheduled to open in just 10 weeks on July 23 in the midst of a pandemic with Tokyo and other areas under a […]