Fireworks Mark Planned Start Of Tokyo Olympics

Fireworks mark planned start of Tokyo Olympics

Fireworks lit up the skies across Japan at 8 p.m. on Friday, which was to be the date of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics before it was postponed.

The Junior Chamber International Japan organized the displays with fireworks companies across the country, hoping they would signal a fresh start despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Poll: 66% Are For Postponing Or Canceling Olympics

Poll: 66% are for postponing or canceling Olympics

About two-thirds of the respondents to an NHK poll say the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics should be either postponed further or cancelled.

NHK conducted the telephone survey over the weekend. About 1,300 people responded.

Abe, Koike Agree To Cooperate On Virus, Olympics

Abe, Koike agree to cooperate on virus, Olympics

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and reelected Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko have agreed to continue working closely together to contain the coronavirus. They also affirmed their cooperation for a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Koike visited the prime minister's office on Monday morning after winning a second term in Sunday's gubernatorial election.

All Venues Secured For Next Year's Olympics

All venues secured for next year's Olympics

NHK has learned that organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have secured all venues for the games, which were postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The organizers had been in talks with owners of the 43 venues, the athletes' village and other facilities.

Rugby Star Chooses Medical Career Over Olympics

Rugby star chooses medical career over Olympics

Japanese rugby player Fukuoka Kenki says he will follow through with his decision to become a medical doctor. In return, he has given up on playing for the Japanese Rugby Sevens squad in next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.

In last year's Rugby World Cup, the 27-year-old speedster stood out for scoring four tries, that contributed to Japan's historic run to the quarterfinals.

Tokyo To Set New Dates For Olympics Next Week

Tokyo to set new dates for Olympics next week

The head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee says he hopes to set new dates for the postponed events by the end of next week.

The committee has been working to finalize schedules and secure venues for the Games since they were postponed from this summer in the face of the coronavirus. It wants to hold them by the summer of 2021 at the latest.

Tokyo Olympics Organizers Launch New Task Force

Tokyo Olympics organizers launch new task force

The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has launched a task force to sort out issues arising from the postponement of the games.

The move comes after the International Olympic Committee decided on Tuesday to put off the games until the summer of 2021 at the latest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump: 2021 Olympics Will Be 'fantastic'

Trump: 2021 Olympics will be 'fantastic'

US President Donald Trump has welcomed the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by about one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone on a wise decision.

Suga: Japan Intends To Hold Olympics As Scheduled

Suga: Japan intends to hold Olympics as scheduled

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the country will continue preparations to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as scheduled this summer.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning after the Group of Seven leaders held an extraordinary video conference to coordinate their response to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Momota Says He Will Aim For Gold At Tokyo Olympics

Momota says he will aim for gold at Tokyo Olympics

Japanese badminton star Kento Momota says he aims to win gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He held his first news conference following a car accident in Malaysia.

Momota suffered extensive bruising all over his body when a car carrying him and others rear-ended a truck while heading to Kuala Lumpur's international airport in January.

Official Olympics, Paralympics Uniforms Unveiled

Official Olympics, Paralympics uniforms unveiled

The official uniforms that Japanese athletes will wear for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been unveiled.

Thirteen athletes introduced the uniforms at an event on Friday in Tokyo. They included female judoka Akira Sone and track and field Paralympian Atsushi Yamamoto.

Olympics-related Events To Go Ahead As Planned

Olympics-related events to go ahead as planned

Japan's Cabinet minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics says the government will not call for the cancellation or downsizing of Games-related events despite the new coronavirus outbreak.

Seiko Hashimoto told reporters on Tuesday that the government's panel of experts has not urged restraint in organizing large-scale gatherings, and has allowed test events for the Olympics and Paralympics to go ahead as planned.

Abe Stresses Importance Of Safety For Olympics

Abe stresses importance of safety for Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked officials to take full measures to prevent terror attacks and the spread of infectious diseases to ensure the success of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Abe told a meeting of a government task force on Friday that the host country should provide a safe environment for the Olympics.