Airport operations crew for the Tokyo 2020 wait for Olympic athletes and officials arriving on a flight from Doha at Narita international airport in Narita, Chiba prefecture. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

The original plan was to test the endurance over 26.2 miles of hard slog through the streets of Tokyo and get some idea of what it’s like to run a mar(...)

Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee, during a media tour of the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Olympic organisers meet on Monday and are expected to decide whether and to what extent domestic spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo Games, with (...)

Toshiba said it would change its board director nominees for an upcoming shareholder meeting, as two of them are stepping down. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Toshiba Corp’s chairman of the board on Monday pushed back against investor calls for him to resign, blaming its former chief executive for a “confron(...)

The Covid alarm, slightly larger than a smoke detector, is being hailed as a potential boon for screening in aircraft cabins, classrooms, care homes and offices. File photograph: iStock

The number of cases of Covid-19 worldwide since the pandemic began has exceeded 175.6 million and there have been 3.7 million related deaths. Meanwhil(...)

Since their unprecedented postponement in March last year, as the coronavirus began its surge around the world, the Olympics Games have been stripped of almost every vestige of what makes them the most anticipated event in the sporting calendar. File photograph: EPA

The least divisive statement in the saga surrounding Tokyo 2020 – assuming, as many people now do, that it will happen in just over 40 days’ time – is(...)

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto has said she is “100 per cent” convinced that the Olympics will go ahead, despite ongoing coronavirus issues in Japan. Photograph: Nicolas Datiche/EPA

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, has said the Games will go ahead as planned, soon after the Japan’s mo(...)

A  series of public polls have shown about 80 per cent of Tokyo residents want the Olympic Games postponed again or cancelled. Photograph:  Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty

Why are there doubts over the Olympic Games opening in July? With Tokyo and other parts of Japan still in a state of emergency due to Covid-19, on top(...)

Kei Nishikori believes there are risks associated with Japan hosting the Olympic Games this summer. Photo: Chema Moya/EPA

Japan’s top-ranked men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori added his voice to concerns about staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July, as the country batt(...)

Lee Yong-soo, who was forced to serve as a sex slave for Japanese troops during the second World War, speaks to the media after Seoul Central District Court dismissed the ‘comfort women’ case against Japan over wartime sex slavery. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty

A South Korean court has dismissed a lawsuit against Japan to compensate women forced to work in its second World War-era brothels. The ruling repres(...)

 Ukrainian health minister Maksym Stepanov speaks with Anna Ilina, a member of the Ukrainian Olympic shooting team as she receives a dose of Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine in Kiev. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov

The Olympic Games and IOC are rarely far from controversy. Rio had its fair share and from the polluted water and the doping scandals to the US swimme(...)

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