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Olympic super-fan determined to welcome world to Tokyo
Whistle-blowing, flag-waving super-fan Kyoko Ishikawa has attended every Summer Olympics in the past 30 years -- and the Tokyo resident doesn't plan on missing out on a Games in her home city. The 51-year-old can't wait to welcome the world to Tokyo, even though surging infections and skyrocketing costs have convinced many other Japanese that the event should not go ahead this year.
Tokyo governor sees 'no circumstances' for cancelling Olympics
Tokyo's governor says she can see "no circumstances" under which the virus-postponed 2020 Olympics will be cancelled, despite rising coronavirus infections in Japan and continued public scepticism. In an interview with AFP, Yuriko Koike warned that the fate of the Tokyo Games would impact future Olympics, including the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.
'Flowers' bloom between Singapore and Tokyo despite travel ban
A new art installation in Tokyo and Singapore lets people "blow" dandelion fluff across to each other at a time when the coronavirus has closed international borders.
Must be love: the Tokyo 'clinic' treating stuffed toys
Tokyo's Natsumi Clinic specialises in restoring much-loved stuffed toys to their original glory, delighting owners like Yui Kato, who brought in her sheep, Yuki-chan.
Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre
Tokyo opens a 15,000-seat swimming venue for next year's Olympic Games, with a swimming star who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony. The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.
The underground 'Parthenon' protecting Tokyo from floods
It has been called Japan's underground "Parthenon," a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo from catastrophic flooding -- a risk experts warn is growing as the climate changes.
Japan begins charging for plastic bags
Tokyo shoppers react after retailers in Japan begin charging for plastic bags, a move aimed at curbing Japanese consumers' love for packaging and finally bringing the country in line with other major economies.
Japanese shoppers stock up on supplies over coronavirus fears
A supermarket in Tokyo is packed with shoppers Friday morning and many shelves are emptied as Tokyo's governor urges people to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible "explosion" of the coronavirus after scores of new cases were discovered this week.