Japan's Kawai sisters achieved their goal of both striking gold in women's wrestling. Kawai Risako won the freestyle 57-kilogram category on Thursday to match younger sister Yukako, who won 62-kilogram gold the day before.
The Ministry of Finance raised its economic forecast for three of the country's 11 regions, including the Tokai region, while leaving its forecast for the other regions unchanged. Regarding the future, the ministry said, "We need to pay close attention to the impact of the new coronavirus on the regional economy," in light of the situation where the infection of the new coronavirus is spreading.
The Consumer Attitude Index for July, which indicates consumers' willingness to shop, improved for the second consecutive month, up 0.1 points from the previous month. However, the increase in the index was only modest and is believed to have been affected by the rapid spread of the new coronavirus infection in Tokyo and other areas
Japan's coronavirus state of emergency has taken effect in Osaka and three prefectures neighboring Tokyo due to a surge in new cases in those areas. The state of emergency that has been in place in Tokyo and Okinawa was expanded to include the three prefectures and Osaka on Monday.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday among people connected to the Games. That brings the total to 148 cases this month, including 16 athletes, and underscores the size of the challenge of keeping the world's biggest sporting event "safe and secure" in the midst of a pandemic.
A typhoon is expected to approach east and northeastern Japan from the Pacific around Tuesday and may make landfall in areas including Tokyo that is hosting the Olympics, the weather agency said Sunday, as it warned of heavy rain, stormy winds and high waves.
Central and local governments are at odds in Japan, where a vaccine shortage has municipalities across the country canceling people’s reservations.
When his clinic in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward received a shipment of coronavirus vaccines earlier this month, Yamashita Iwao had been preparing to open up bookings to younger people. But the delivery only included enough doses for 60 people—just one-fifth of what Yamashita had requested. He was forced to suspend new appointments.
Tokyo’s Olympic Village has been dubbed a "bubble" because of the raft of anti-virus measures implemented there. But after two competitors and an official tested positive in the first week, is the bubble about to burst?
The Tokyo organizing committee confirmed on Sunday that two members of South Africa's men’s soccer team and one member of staff had tested positive for COVID-19 at the village.
The committee says 18 people – mostly members of the South African team – have been identified as close contacts. All tested negative on Sunday.