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Scandal-hit Tokyo looks to final torchbearer to mend battered image

TOKYO, July 23 (Reuters) - Battered by scandal on the eve of the opening ceremony, Tokyo 2020 organisers have the chance to patch up the Games' image when they reveal today who will carry the Olym...

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizin...

COVID, scandals and controversies taint Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games stumbled into a new scandal on Thursday, just hours before the official opening event at the new National Stadium, with a senior organizer of the event dismissed for jokes...

Under-fire Olympic composer steps down over past bullying

TOKYO (AP) — Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer working on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, quit Monday after coming under fire for bullying classmates during his childhood. “I s...

Japanese composer for Tokyo Olympics apologizes for abuse

TOKYO (AP) — Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer whose music is part of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, has apologized for bullying a classmate during his childhood. The reports ...

Tokyo Olympics shaping up as TV-only event with few fans

TOKYO (AP) — The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few spectators — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan’s Asahi ...

10,000 volunteers quit Tokyo Olympics as health adviser warns about hosting event

On Wednesday, the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics confirmed reports by Japanese state broadcaster NHK that 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers for the $15.5 billion (€12.7 ...

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago. “The certainty was a crucial factor," Craig Reedie, an IOC vice presiden...

Japan's 'appalling' gender equality record puts spotlight on sexism

Japan is ranked a lowly 120th out of the 156 nations on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Gender Gap Index for 2020, highlighting the stark gap between the genders in terms of political empo...

Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief again criticized for sexist comment

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last month as president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee over comments criticized as sexist, has made another remark tha...

EXPLAINER: Tokyo Olympics march on without fans from abroad

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics and the International Olympic Committee have banned fans from abroad with the games opening in four months. It's part of the fallout from holding the Olympics in the mi...

Tokyo Olympics hit by another scandal over sexist comment

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity. It is yet another setback for the post...

Torch relay among final hurdles for postponed Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic torch relay is yet another hurdle for the postponed Tokyo Games. It kicks off in two weeks from northeastern Japan. Any stumble could sew more doubts about the risk of holding...

New Tokyo Olympic president tries to assure Japan on safety

TOKYO (AP) — The new president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has begun holding weekly news conferences hoping to win over a doubting Japanese public with the postponed games opening in jus...

Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive board to reach 42%

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics made a symbolic gesture toward gender equality on Tuesday by appointing 12 women to the body’s executive board. The board will now have 19 women among...