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Japanese officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

Two officials in Japan's ruling LDP party on Thursday said changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One suggested they still could be cancelled, and the other said even if they proceed, it might be without any fans.

Osaka mayor, governor move to cancel city's leg of Olympic torch relay

The Tokyo Olympic torch relay ran into big trouble on Thursday when the governor of Osaka prefecture and the mayor of the city of Osaka asked that relay legs going through the city be cancelled with the games opening in less than four months.

Japan launches COVID-19 vaccination rollout with eye on Olympics

Japan has begun its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday. Although it has taken longer to do so than other countries, Japan has aimed to gain its people's trust in the vaccination.

Japan's prime minister vows Olympics will be proof of victory over coronavirus

In a speech opening a new Parliament session, Suga said his government would revise laws to make anti-virus measures enforceable with penalties and compensation.

Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike, Tokyo governor says

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021

The International Olympic Committee announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, bowing to the realities of a coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility.

Japanese prime minister says postponing Olympics may be unavoidable

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said a postponement of Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen, but not in 2020

The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned.

Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus

The deputy head of Japan's Olympic committee, Kozo Tashima, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, even as top government officials have reiterated that the Games would go ahead as scheduled and will not be held behind closed doors.

Japan's Olympic minister raises possibility of delaying Tokyo Summer Games

Seiko Hashimoto, Japan's Olympic minister, said Tuesday the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. She added it could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned.