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Paralympics torch relay to be canceled 

All national papers wrote that the Tokyo metropolitan government decided yesterday to call off the entire portion of Tokyo Paralympics torch relay on public roads on account of the deteriorating COVID-19 situation. Saitama and Chiba have already decided to cancel their portions for the same reason.    

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President Biden congratulates Suga on successful Tokyo Olympics

NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, and TV Asahi reported at noon on a 15-minute teleconference between President Biden and Prime Minister Suga this morning. NTV and TBS said the First Lady, who attended the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, also participated in the call. The networks said the President congratulated the Japanese government and the people of Japan on the….Read more

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Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Thomas-Greenfield

NHK’s “News Watch 9” on Monday carried a five-minute report on its one-on-one interview with U.S. Ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who was in Japan to represent the U.S. government at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. The network said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is one of the symbols of the Biden administration’s emphasis on diversity, adding that she has poured….Read more

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Post-Olympic venues confront fate as white elephants

TOKYO — With the Summer Olympics over, the National Stadium and other taxpayer-funded venues put up for the Games face the challenge of breaking even and not becoming financial burdens.   The largest is the rebuilt National Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events. The 156.9 billion yen ($1.4 billion) stadium can hold….Read more

  • August 10, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:14 a.m.
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Editorial: Athletes deserve praise as Tokyo Olympics wrap up / Address operational issues for future

The curtain has come down on the Olympics, held in Tokyo for the first time in 57 years. It will certainly be talked about for a long time as an extraordinary event that overcame the difficulties of the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus.   The pandemic forced the Tokyo Olympics to repeatedly make changes from the initial plan, including….Read more

  • August 9, 2021
  • , The Japan Times , 1:25 p.m.
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Editorial: Lessons of Tokyo Olympics must be used to fix Games’ outdated elements

The Tokyo Olympics Games, conducted amid the coronavirus pandemic, have ended.   In addition to the world’s first Olympic postponement, the Tokyo Games largely barred spectators into competition venues and implemented a “bubble system” isolating athletes from Japan’s general population. It was an unusual Olympics without the usual festive feeling.   In generally holding events without spectators, the flow of….Read more

  • August 9, 2021
  • , The Mainichi
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Suga comments on Tokyo Olympics 

Mainichi and Nikkei reported on remarks made to the press yesterday by Prime Minister Suga, who commented on the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics by saying: “We were able to fulfill our obligations as a host nation and safely conclude the Games that were held under various restrictions. This was possible thanks to understanding and support of the Japanese people. I am truly grateful.”  

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Paralympics likely to be held without spectators  

Sankei wrote that the Suga administration is shifting its focus from the Olympics to concentrate on opening a “safe and secure” Paralympics on Aug. 24, speculating that allowing spectators to attend the Games will probably be difficult amid the fifth wave of COVID-19. As Prime Minister Suga is still keen to accommodate some spectators, the organizers are reportedly considering allowing elementary and middle school students to watch the events live at selected venues. Many Paralympians are also reportedly calling….Read more

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Suga voices gratitude for successful Olympics

Kyodo wrote that Prime Minister Suga posted a video on the Kantei Twitter account this morning expressing appreciation for the successful completion of the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We were able to fulfill our obligations as a host nation and pass the baton to the Paris Olympics thanks to the understanding and support of the people,” he was….Read more

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Editorial: A full accounting of the Tokyo Olympics must be the next step

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games wind up on Aug. 8.   A huge sum of taxpayers’ money was spent to stage the event. In an unusual development, the Games, initially scheduled to be held in July and August 2020, were postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus crisis.   But officials eventually decided to go ahead with the Games….Read more

  • August 7, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:55p.m.
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