Tokyo Vows Cleaner Seawater For 2020 Games

Tokyo vows cleaner seawater for 2020 Games

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has pledged to clean up the waters at the city's beaches following the cancelation of a triathlon test event for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics last week.

The swimming portion of the event, scheduled for August 17 at Odaiba Marine Park, was canceled due to poor water quality.

Ginkgo Foliage Damaged By Typhoon-sprayed Seawater

Ginkgo foliage damaged by typhoon-sprayed seawater

Ginkgo leaves are withering in Japan, a phenomenon experts blame on salty components of seawater sprayed on the trees by recent typhoons.

Leaves have fallen off or browned and withered on about 20 ginkgo trees in a bayside park in Tokyo, which is about 600 meters from the sea. Locals who had been anticipating the seasonal yellow foliage are disappointed.