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Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported a record high 3,865 new coronavirus cases, up 688 from Wednesday. The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 2224.1. People in their 20s (1,417 cases), their 30s (782) and their 40s (612) accounted for the highest numbers, while 443… Read

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24 more COVID cases associated with Olympics reported

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The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Thursday reported 24 more COVID-19 cases associated with the Games, the highest daily count since infections began being compiled from the start of this month. The 24 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 193, include three athletes from overseas in Tokyo for the Olympics,… Read

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Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation

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As Olympics host Tokyo saw another record number of coronavirus cases Wednesday, Japan’s vaccination minister said the speed of the country’s inoculation campaign is less urgent than getting shots to young adults, whom some health experts are blaming for the current surge in infections. Taro Kono told The Associated Press… Read

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Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food

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Tokyo Games organizers on Wednesday admitted to throwing away approximately 4,000 of the 10,000 pre-ordered bento boxes full of food that was to be fed to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony. Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed the report and apologized in a press… Read

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8-year-old boy suffers fractured skull after being hit by mini-truck while returning home

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An 8-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull Wednesday after he was struck by a vehicle on his way home from rajio taiso (radio calisthenics), an exercise routine performed to music that is typically done with groups in a park.  According to the police and the fire department, the accident occurred… Read

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Tokyo governor urges young people to get vaccinated to slow virus surge

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics. On Wednesday, the Japanese capital reported a record high 3,177 new cases. Of those,… Read

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Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported a record high 3,177 new coronavirus cases, up 329 from Tuesday. The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 1954.7. People in their 20s (1,078 cases), their 30s (680) and their 40s (485) accounted for the highest numbers, while 388… Read

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Gov't alcohol ban blunder shows limits in anti-virus measures

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The Japanese government hastily withdrew plans to pressure restaurants via lenders and liquor suppliers not to serve alcohol during states of emergency over the coronavirus, but the controversy shows how it has been relying on impromptu steps in the absence of an adequate legal framework for addressing pandemics, experts say.… Read

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Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall on Miyagi Prefecture

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Typhoon Nepartak skewed northward and made landfall on the coast of the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi on Wednesday morning, veering off its initially projected course that would have taken it toward the Tokyo area where the Olympics are taking place, the weather agency said. The season's eighth typhoon, which reached… Read

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Japan prehistoric sites added to UNESCO list as World Heritage site

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UNESCO decided Tuesday to add a group of Jomon Era prehistoric sites in northern Japan, which provide insight into the hunter-gatherer society and the spiritual culture of that period, to its World Cultural Heritage list. The area comprises 17 ancient sites across the northern main island of Hokkaido and northeastern… Read

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