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Over 60 pct prefer Paralympics without spectators, Jiji poll

Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)–A Jiji Press opinion poll showed on Friday that 68.1 pct of respondents prefer the Tokyo Paralympic Games to be held without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.   The event is scheduled to take place from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.   According to the poll, conducted for four days through Monday, 20.9 pct wanted the….Read more

  • August 13, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:33 p.m.
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Students to be allowed to watch Paralympics events live

The Saturday editions of all national papers wrote that the GOJ and the Tokyo Paralympics organizing committee have informally decided not to allow spectators at event venues in Tokyo, Saitama, and Chiba. Events in Shizuoka, however, will be opened to up to 5,000 ticketholders per venue. They also concluded that elementary, middle, and high school students will be allowed to….Read more

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Most Tokyo Paralympic events likely to be held without spectators

All national dailies wrote that the organizers of the Tokyo Paralympics are making final arrangements to hold the Games without spectators at venues in Tokyo, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures, which are currently under a coronavirus state of emergency. The Tokyo organizers are planning to discuss the matter with the International Paralympic Committee, the GOJ, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on….Read more

  • August 13, 2021
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Australian Embassy thanks Tokyo for holding Olympics

On Aug. 10, the Australian Embassy in Japan released a statement from Ambassador Jan Adams to mark the end of the Tokyo Olympics. The Ambassador said: “We are grateful to the Japanese people for holding wonderful Games. We were also thrilled to see Japanese athletes breaking records during Olympics held in their home country.” (Abridged)    

  • August 11, 2021
  • , Sports Hochi digital , 10:21 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

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Leading public health expert calls for ban on spectators at Paralympics

Mainichi and Nikkei highlighted remarks made to the press yesterday by Director General Wakita of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, who emphasized that spectators should not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Paralympics under the present COVID-19 infection situation. The top virologist, who heads the Health Ministry’s advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic, added that this is his personal….Read more

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Second Gentleman to attend opening ceremony of Tokyo Paralympics

NHK reported this morning that the White House announced on Tuesday that Vice President Harris’s husband Douglas Emhoff will represent the U.S. government at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics together with Chargé d’Affaires Greene. The network said Mr. Emhoff left his law firm when his wife assumed the post of Vice President and became the first Second Gentleman….Read more

  • August 11, 2021
  • , NHK
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Olympic host towns develop bonds with athletes before they go home

Olympic athletes who have finished competing are interacting with Japanese citizens in their Olympic host towns across the nation by introducing their culture and demonstrating their sports before flying back home. The places Olympic athletes were able to visit were strictly limited in principle to their accommodations and training facilities for 14 days after arriving in Japan. However, the athletes….Read more

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Editorial: Tokyo take pride in keeping the sacred flame of the Olympics burning

Who could have imagined that this summer would bring the stirring scenes now etched in our minds? Who ever could have foreseen that the efforts of the Japanese people would light a flame of hope in the world?   There is no denying that once the curtain rose on the Tokyo Olympics we all shared in the deep emotions and….Read more

  • August 10, 2021
  • , Japan Forward
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Second Gentleman to attend opening ceremony of Paralympics 

Yomiuri and Kyodo reported on the White House announcement on Tuesday that Vice President Harris’s husband Douglas Emhoff will represent the U.S. delegation at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics on Aug. 24. Yomiuri wrote that the dispatch of the Second Gentleman signifies the U.S. administration’s attachment of importance to the trans-Pacific alliance. 

  • August 11, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , Kyodo
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GOJ eager to allow students to watch Paralympics live at event venues 

Sankei wrote in its lead story that the GOJ and the Tokyo Paralympics organizing committee are likely to decide this weekend whether to allow spectators at the Games, speculating that although the general public is likely to be prohibited from attending, the Suga administration is looking to allow primary, middle, and high school students to watch the events live at various venues. The GOJ has already reached out….Read more

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