2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics No One Wants

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the most prestigious and widely circulated newspapers in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun is also an official partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it decided to join the many voices that are critical of the Olympics. Now, the Asahi Shimbun is calling for the games to be cancelled. The…

Olympic Athletes Will Get Vaccinated

After months of proposals and assessments to try to determine whether hosting the Olympics could be safe, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has announced that it has reached deals with Pfizer and BioNTech that will allow them to have the necessary doses to vaccinate all athletes and officials before the Tokyo Olympics in July. This…

People Want Mori to Resign, but the LDP Does Not

Following Mori Yoshiro’s comments on Wednesday, February 3, that women talked too much during meetings and that their speaking time should be limited, the Olympic committee has received over 4,200 emails and 300 phone calls to complain about the head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. The controversy has also resulted in an online petition…

Why Are Visually Impaired People Dying?: One of Japan’s Current Problems

Japan is generally well-regarded because of the country’s infrastructure that puts pedestrians first. One of the most striking things when visiting cities like Tokyo, is the prevalence of tactile pavings. These tactile tiles can be found across Japan, and their predominance has made them become one of the things people associate Japan with. With that…

Coronavirus Caution 2020: Tokyo Tourist Attractions Closures (updated)

Information as of March 24th 2020. Updates will be added to this article. UPDATED March 24th 2020 by Zoria Petkoska The coronavirus or COVID-19, as it is known in the science community, has led to an unprecedented lockdown of many Chinese cities, followed by safety measures undertaken in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea…

IOC Member Says Olympics Will Be Postponed Until 2021

Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told USA Today that the Olympics will indeed be postponed because of the coronarvirus pandemic. Pound’s statement came after Prime Minister Abe Shinzo publicly said that the Olympics could not be held under the current circumstances, for the first time implying that the Olympics…

(Updated): 70% of People Don’t Think the Olympics Will be Held

A recent telephone poll conducted by Kyodo News found out that 69.9% of those surveyed did not believe that the Tokyo Olympics would be held as scheduled. That number reflect the general mood in Japan surrounding the games amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, and despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stating that the Group of Seven…

Coronavirus: What Does the Tokyo Marathon’s Cancellation Mean For the Olympics?

On Monday night, it was announced that the Tokyo Marathon would be cancelled for General participants. Therefore, only about 200 elite runners would be allowed to participate in one of the world’s most important marathons. As for the 39,000 people who were set to run, they’ll be allowed to do so in 2021 as long…