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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.

Japan's Olympic minister resigns

Yoshitaka Sakurada resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his credentials.

Tokyo Olympics near $25 billion US — may go higher

The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut.

Tokyo 2020: Rowing federation opposed to proposed Olympic venue move

The head of the international rowing federation wants to stick with his sport's planned venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rather than move to a site hundreds of miles (kilometres) outside the city.

Japan knife attack at facility for disabled leaves at least 19 dead

At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan.

Japan bus crash kills at least 14, injures 27

Rescue officials say an overnight tour bus on its way to a ski resort in central Japan slid down the mountainside, killing at least 14 passengers and injuring 27 others.

Tokyo Olympic organizers pressured to speed up stadium construction

Japan's Olympic Minister Toshiaki Endo says the International Olympic Committee's preferred deadline may not be possible to meet. The Games are set to begin in August 2020, with the IOC wanting the stadium completed by January 2020 in order to run tests.

Japan's Fukushima cleanup 3 years on: little key work done

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.