COVID-19 and the Olympic Games: Little enthusiasm in Japan
20 May 2021 | 8:46 am
Normally, enthusiasm in the host country of the Olympics can be expected to rise steadily as the world's biggest sporting event draws closer. Not so in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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