Tokyo Olympics

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…

Tokyo To Ask Residents Not To Leave the City

Governor Koike Yuriko is asking the government to ask residents not to leave the 23 special wards and the Tama area. The request comes as Tokyo registered more than 500 new COVID-19 cases on April 7, the largest number in months and just weeks after the state of emergency was lifted, increasing fears that Tokyo…

It’s Official: The Tokyo Olympics Will Have No Visitors From Overseas

Officials have continued to promise that the Tokyo Olympics will take place as planned. However, it was announced on Saturday that foreign spectators would not be allowed to come to Japan. The decision comes as the country and organizers factor the COVID-19 pandemic and make concessions in order to hold the Olympic Games as planned.…

Tokyo Olympics Creative Director Resigns After Offensive Naomi Watanabe Pitch

Hiroshi Sasaki was to be in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, but that won’t be the case anymore. Sasaki is out of the post after one of his proposals, which he had shared on SNS, leaked. There, the Dentsu creative director, proposed having comedian Naomi Watanabe…

Japan Approves the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Japan has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, whose first batches arrived at Narita Airport on Friday. Japan’s original plan was to start inoculating health care workers at the end of February, with officials now stating that the first day will be February 17. The plan is that the healthcare workers who receive the vaccine first…

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…

No, Japan Will Not Pay 50% Of Tourists’ Expenses

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect countries across the world, Japan has found itself in a very bad situation that has made politicians consider what to do to aid the economy. by Martin Danker Japan Enters Recession View this post on Instagram A post shared by *:°:.\ ᴄʜɪᴋᴀ /.:°:* (@chi_olt) on May 6,…

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…

(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…