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Tokyo Olympics chief says Games will not be cancelled despite state of emergency

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto says the committee is not considering cancelling the Olympics despite the announcement that Japan has imposed a state of emergency in the capital due to rising cases of Covid-19. Tokyo and three other regions will introduce tough measures amid a recent uptick in cases that has officials and medical professionals worried.

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