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With Tokyo Olympics over, debate looms on covering financial loss

ATSUSHI MURATA and HISASHI TSUTSUI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — The spectatorless 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games leaves a financial loss for host nation Japan, setting up talks in the coming months on filling the hole left by hundreds of millions of dollars in unsold tickets.   Under the International Olympic Committee’s contract with the host city, Tokyo bears….Read more

  • September 7, 2021
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Editorial: Raise public awareness of refugees’ hardships even after Tokyo Games

It has been encouraging to see refugee athletes dedicating themselves to sports without giving in to the adversity of having to flee their home country due to conflict or persecution. It is hoped that these performances by members of the refugee teams create an opportunity for the public to deepen their concern for and understanding of refugee-related issues.   Refugee….Read more

  • September 5, 2021
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Sight-impaired Paralympian hit by autonomous bus in athletes’ village

TOKYO – A visually impaired Paralympian has been left with injuries that will take about two weeks to heal after being hit by a Toyota Motor Corp. autonomous bus running in the athletes’ village, police said Friday.   The Paralympian, Japanese judoka Aramitsu Kitazono, competing in the men’s 81-kilogram division, will miss his match scheduled for Saturday, his coach said.  ….Read more

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 11:22 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Total of 22 coronavirus cases confirmed among people linked to Tokyo Paralympics

Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee announced on Saturday that 22 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among people linked to the Tokyo Paralympics, including three volunteers. No athletes or people staying at the Athletes’ Village were among them.

  • August 29, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Two Afghan athletes arrive in Japan for Tokyo Paralympics

Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that two Afghan Paralympians arrived in Japan on Saturday despite the tense situation in their home country following the Taliban takeover. According to the daily, Zakia Khudadadi, who will compete in taekwondo, and Hossain Rasouli, who will complete in track and field, were evacuated to Paris from Afghanistan and arrived at Haneda on Saturday evening.

  • August 29, 2021
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Nearly quarter of Tokyo households watched Paralympic opening ceremony

TOKYO – Nearly a quarter of households in Tokyo and surrounding areas watched the opening ceremony of the Paralympics on television, an audience ratings firm said Wednesday.   Preliminary data by Video Research Ltd. showed that the average viewership in the Kanto region of the ceremony, aired live Tuesday partly on public broadcaster NHK’s main channel, was 23.8 percent.  ….Read more

  • August 25, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 2:38 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Top coronavirus adviser voices displeasure with IOC leader’s latest visit to Japan

All national papers took up remarks made at the Diet this morning by coronavirus taskforce subcommittee Chairman Omi concerning IOC President Bach’s trip to Tokyo for the Paralympics. “Why did he come again?” he was quoted as saying. “He already visited Ginza once during the last visit. Why can’t he join the opening ceremony remotely?” While clarifying that he was….Read more

  • August 25, 2021
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Editorial: Tokyo Paralympics should be opportunity to consider inclusive society

The Tokyo Paralympic Games have kicked off amid the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. The 13-day event should be an opportunity to consider the Games’ concept of “achieving an inclusive society.”   A record about 4,400 athletes from about 160 countries and regions are scheduled to participate in the Games and compete in 539 events in 22 sports through….Read more

  • August 25, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 11:45 a.m.
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Japan’s emperor pins high hopes on Tokyo Paralympics

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday expressed hopes that the Tokyo Paralympics will lead to a world in which people can live together regardless of disabilities.   The Emperor made the comments in a meeting with 10 International Paralympic Committee members, including IPC President Andrew Parsons, at the Imperial Palace ahead of the opening ceremony of the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Second gentleman meets with PM Suga 

Nikkei and Yomiuri wrote that Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, who is visiting Japan to lead Team USA at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, met with Prime Minister Suga at the Kantei on Tuesday. Yomiuri wrote that Suga expressed Japan’s appreciation for the United States’ assistance in evacuating Japanese embassy staff from Kabul. The Second Gentleman reportedly told Suga that he looks forward to the….Read more

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