First International Athletes Arrive in Japan for the Olympics

The team will be confined to one floor of a hotel as it prepares for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to begin July 23 despite a coronavirus outbreak and growing public opposition.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games, #softball, #tokyo-japan

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Japan Extends Emergency Measures Before Tokyo Olympics

The expanded restrictions come 11 weeks before the scheduled start of Tokyo’s Summer Games, as a fourth wave of coronavirus infections continues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #japan, #osaka-japan, #tokyo-japan

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How Can the Olympics Protect 78,000 Volunteers From the Coronavirus?

They are being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #volunteers-and-community-service

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The Tokyo Olympics Explained

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympics look set to proceed. But the circumstances will be most unusual. Here’s what you need to know.

#international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Why QAnon Flopped in Japan

It failed the test for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the public.

#4chan, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #japan, #qanon, #religious-cults, #tokyo-japan

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The Tokyo Olympics Are On! But Why?

The Japanese government is dead-set on holding the Games despite the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #dentsu, #japan, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Spectators From Overseas Are Barred From Tokyo Olympics

The move, announced Saturday, is a significant concession to the realities of the pandemic, even as organizers remain determined to hold the Games this summer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hashimoto-seiko-1964, #international-olympic-committee, #international-paralympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Tokyo Olympics Official Resigns After Calling Plus-Size Celebrity ‘Olympig’

The departure came just a month after the president of the Tokyo organizing committee stepped down over a sexist remark.

#hiroshi-sasaki, #japan, #naomi-watanabe, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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In Dense, Urban Japan, Flowers Bring Beauty and Solace

In densely packed Tokyo, flora is abundant in unassuming places. Hunting for it, as I learned, can lighten life’s loads.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seasons-and-months, #tokyo-japan, #trees-and-shrubs

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Woman Is Chosen to Succeed Tokyo Olympics Chief Who Made Sexist Remark

The selection of Seiko Hashimoto represented an abrupt shift after the Olympic committee had apparently intended to name another man in his 80s.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #seiko-hashimoto, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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For My Next Trick … Opening a New Musical in Tokyo in a Pandemic

Our writer’s adaptation of “The Illusionist” was slated for a tryout run. Lockdown, a tragic death, cancer and quarantine got in the way, but didn’t stop the show.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duchan-peter, #japan, #nissay-theater-tokyo-japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #southerland-thom, #the-illusionist-play, #theater, #tokyo-japan, #umeda-arts-theater-co-ltd, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Yoshiro Mori Expected to Resign as Tokyo Olympics President

Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, had complained that women cause meetings to run long by talking too much. His exit would further complicate the delayed Games.

#international-olympic-committee, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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Tokyo Olympics Chief’s Comments Draw Social Media Backlash

Yoshiro Mori suggested women’s speaking time in meetings should be limited “or else we’ll never be able to finish.” He apologized, but said he would not resign.

#discrimination, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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Officials Outline Tokyo Olympics Plan for a Safe Games Without Quarantines

With concern rising in Japan that the Summer Olympics could become a hub for new coronavirus infections, organizers unveiled measures aimed at protecting athletes and others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Despite Virus Surge, I.O.C. Pledges Summer Olympics in Tokyo Will Happen

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, played down growing doubts about the Games but without giving a guarantee.

#bach-thomas, #coe-sebastian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Hopes for Tokyo’s Summer Olympics Darken

Organizers postponed the Olympic Games for one year last March. Nearly a year later, prospects are getting bleaker.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Japan Declares State of Emergency in Tokyo as Covid Cases Rise

Fast-rising coronavirus case counts and deaths forced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to act, but some say the restrictions — mostly voluntary — won’t be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan

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Japan to Declare State of Emergency in Tokyo Area After Days of Hesitation

Fast-rising coronavirus case counts and deaths forced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to act, but some say the restrictions — mostly voluntary — won’t be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan

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How to Pretend You’re in Tokyo

That Tokyo trip will have to wait for the millions of people who canceled flights and hotel bookings. But there are ways to bring you closer to this sometimes impenetrable, always fascinating, city.

#books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #movies, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #restaurants, #tokyo-japan, #travel-and-vacations, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Her Antenna Is Tuned to the Quietest Voices

Yu Miri won a National Book Award for “Tokyo Ueno Station,” a novel whose main character is the ghost of a homeless construction worker.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #fukushima-japan, #japan, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #national-book-awards, #tokyo-japan, #tokyo-ueno-station-book, #writing-and-writers, #yu-miri-1968

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Around the World at Home Series Lets Readers Explore Cultures

A new series, Around the World at Home, lets readers channel the spirit of a faraway place without hopping on a flight.

#books-and-literature, #cartagena-colombia, #colombia, #content-type-service, #dakar-senegal, #hawaii, #japan, #johannesburg-south-africa, #maui-hawaii, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #senegal, #special-projects-media, #tokyo-japan, #tunis-tunisia

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Tokyo Olympics Organizers Promote Games as Light at End of Pandemic Tunnel

Infection rates are rising in the United States and parts of Europe are back in lockdown. Yet the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, said the Games would take measures to go on.

#athletics-and-sports, #bach-thomas, #box-office-sales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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T Black Book: Florists

Where you can find the most singular flower arrangements in six major cities, from New York to Tokyo.

#design, #florists, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #gooch-simone-florist, #milan-italy, #paris-france, #thompson-emily-florist, #tokyo-japan

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After Doping Scandal, Russia Hacked the Olympics, U.S. and Britain Say

After suffering embarrassment over its doping scheme, Russia tried cyberattacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and was targeting the postponed Tokyo Olympics too, American and British officials said.

#bach-thomas, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #doping-sports, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-communications-headquarters-great-britain, #gru-russia, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2018, #olympic-games-2020, #pyeongchang-south-korea, #tokyo-japan

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This Carousel Has Had Quite a Ride. Will Anyone in Japan Save It?

The 113-year-old merry-go-round, which arrived in Tokyo after stints in Germany and Coney Island, is now in storage, its fate uncertain in a country that tends to preserve only the very old.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #carousels, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #germany, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #tokyo-japan

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With Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Gone, Greg Kelly Faces Trial Alone

Japanese prosecutors say the former car executive helped Ghosn conceal his pay. For the world, the country’s court system itself could face judgment.

#automobiles, #ghosn-carlos, #japan, #kelly-greg-nissan-executive, #nissan-motor-co, #tokyo-japan

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Sitting in Silence With 5,000 Fans: The New Sound of Japanese Sports

The country has welcomed spectators back to stadiums, but the highly orchestrated singing, chanting and drumming for which they are known is now strictly forbidden.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tokyo-japan

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Shinzo Abe Is Ill. But Is That the Only Reason He’s Quitting?

Maybe he can’t face the Japanese people’s calls for accountability.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #moritomo-gakuen, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #tokyo-japan

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Tokyo Now Has Transparent Public Toilets. Let Us Explain.

Using “smart glass,” a Pritzker Prize-winning architect created colorful toilet stalls to allay fears about safety and hygiene. The toilets were set up in two public parks.

#architecture, #ban-shigeru, #bathrooms-and-toilets, #nippon-foundation, #privacy, #tokyo-japan

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The Japanese Surrender During World War II: A Sailor’s Perspective

What the end of a long war might have been like for a sailor in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.

#japan, #tokyo-japan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Why Did Hong Kong Delay Its Election — by a Year?

The government blames the pandemic. More likely, it was afraid to lose.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #freedom-of-assembly, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #singapore, #south-korea, #tokyo-japan

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The 1964 Olympics Certified a New Japan, in Steel and on the Screen

The world’s elite athletes would have been in Tokyo right now if not for the coronavirus pandemic. When they went half a century ago, they discovered a capital transformed by design.

#architecture, #design, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #ichikawa-kon, #japan, #kuma-kengo-1954, #okura-hotelsresorts, #olympic-games-1964, #olympic-games-2020, #stadiums-and-arenas, #taniguchi-yoshiro-1904-79, #tokyo-japan, #tokyo-olympiad-movie

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Why Crying Is Healthy

A teacher travels across Japan to encourage adults to cry more.

#crying, #documentary-films-and-programs, #japan, #medicine-and-health, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #tokyo-japan

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Tokyo’s First Female Governor Sails to Re-Election Even as Virus Cases Rise

Yuriko Koike has received high marks for her visible presence during the pandemic, but the coronavirus’s resurgence has raised anxiety in the Japanese capital.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elections, #japan, #koike-yuriko, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government, #tokyo-japan

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Hana Kimura, Japanese Wrestler and Star of Netflix Series, Dies at 22

She was featured on the reality series “Terrace House: Tokyo.’’

#deaths-obituaries, #hana-kimura, #japan, #netflix-inc, #terrace-house-tokyo, #tokyo-japan, #wrestling

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The Tokyo Olympics Are 14 Months Away. Is That Enough Time?

International sports are largely on hold. Borders are closed, and a vaccine is not expected to be available soon. The 2021 Games are anything but a slam dunk.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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U.S. Arrests 2 Suspected of Helping Carlos Ghosn Flee Japan

Japanese authorities believe the men, a father and son arrested in Massachusetts, helped plan and carry out Mr. Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon in December.

#ghosn-carlos, #japan, #taylor-michael-private-security-contractor, #taylor-peter, #tokyo-japan

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Summer Olympics in 2021? ‘Exceedingly Difficult’ Without a Coronavirus Vaccine

A Japanese medical authority has raised doubt about staging the Games, even a year later than originally planned, unless an effective vaccine has been developed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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The Japanese Artist Turning Fruits and Vegetables Into Sculpture

Ikebana’s most irreverent practitioner, the 80-year-old Kosen Ohtsubo, finds beauty in the banal.

#art, #flowers-and-plants, #ohtsubo-kosen, #tokyo-japan, #trees-and-shrubs, #vegetables, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Tokyo, in a State of Emergency, Yet Still Having Drinks at a Bar

Tokyo may have been lulled into complacency during the weeks when Japan contained the coronavirus while avoiding economically devastating lockdowns, our bureau chief writes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tokyo-japan

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One Bright Thing

Need a little lift? Amid the bleakness, 18 Times writers shared moments that lightened their mood.

#barron-james, #barry-dan, #barry-ellen, #basketball-college, #branch-john, #brodesser-akner-taffy, #brooklyn-iowa, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fernandez-manny, #houston-tex, #japan, #journey-music-group, #lyall-sarah, #mcneil-donald-g-jr, #music, #national-basketball-assn, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #news-and-news-media, #poetry-and-poets, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #prine-john, #prospect-park-brooklyn-ny, #quarantines, #ravel-maurice-joseph, #rich-motoko, #schwartz-john, #searcey-dionne, #senses-and-sensation, #sleep, #stein-marc-journalist, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #text-messaging, #tokyo-japan, #toscanini-arturo, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #writing-and-writers, #youtube-com, #zoom-video-communications

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A 2020 Olympics Delay Seems Inevitable. Is a 4-Week Decision Needed to Get There?

The United States added its voice to growing calls for the Tokyo Games to be rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

#abe-shinzo, #bach-thomas, #coates-john-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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