The worldwide tour was met by violent protests against China’s human rights record in Tibet and elsewhere. The flame was targeted at several stops including London, Paris and San Francisco. This forced organizers to reroute the relay to separate protesters and supporters. … [Read more...] about Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was to remain on display through the end of April. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear
TOKYO: Japanese shares closed firmer for a third session on Wednesday as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended market uncertainty by declaring a long-awaited emergency, which led investors to buy in shorted stocks of railway and department store operators. The Nikkei share average closed 2.13 per cent firmer at 19,353.24, edging near its March 25 high of 19,564, while the broader Topix gained 1.59 per cent to 1,425.47. Besides short-covering after the declaration of emergency, which will give authorities more power to press people to stay at home and businesses to close, hopes of a slowdown in the coronavirus-related deaths have also been propping up markets. "Markets have known that it is coming and is welcoming the move," said Hiroshi Masushima, market analyst at Monex Securities. With the number of domestic cases increasing in the past couple of weeks, many market players have anticipated and also called for such a move. Post declaration, short-term players swiftly bought back the … [Read more...] about Nikkei ends higher for third session as Tokyo emergency triggers short-covering
"Athlete health is the guiding principle in the scheduling of any remaining Olympic qualification events. With the postponement of the Olympic Games from 2020 until 2021, the IOC has urged that any such events be confirmed only once the COVID-19 impacts can be assessed, allowing fair access and appropriate preparation for all competing athletes and teams," the IOC stressed. … [Read more...] about Qualification retained, age limits extended in revised Tokyo 2020 qualification principles
Q. Why did Abe declare a state of emergency?A. Mr. Abe was facing heavy pressure to declare a state of emergency after the number of new cases in Tokyo began doubling every several days in late March. The city of 14 million had 1,196 cases as of Tuesday, up from about 600 a week earlier. Japan focused on dealing with clusters of infections and selective testing for the virus, a strategy that has failed to curb its spread. Experts found that one-third of Tokyo’s recent cases were linked to hostess clubs and other night entertainment districts where cluster tracing is difficult. Meanwhile, compliance with calls for working remotely and other social distancing has been weak. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus | Japan’s state of emergency is no lockdown. What’s in it?