Visitors walk past a photo showing the 1945 Hiroshima bombing aftermath, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/ EPA

On Thursday, as she has done most days for 75 years, Keiko Ogura will reluctantly remember when Hiroshima was destroyed by a single atomic bomb. As a(...)

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games countdown clock. Japan remains committed to hosting the Games in 2021. File photograph: EPA

Senior Olympic official John Coates has reiterated that Tokyo must stage a simplified Summer Games next year with the health and safety of athletes th(...)

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto  puts his face mask in a pocket upon his arrival at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday that the rearranged Olympics will “not be done with grand splendour”, but will be simplified(...)

An advertisement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 3rd. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) expects to bear costs of up to $800 million (about €742 million) for its part in the organisation of the pos(...)

 Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake prepares for his food delivery job in Tokyo. Photograph: Getty Images

With his Olympics preparations in tatters, Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake has begun delivering food for Uber Eats as a way to keep up his fitness and brin(...)

Never in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics have the Games been postponed, although they were cancelled outright in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the outbreak of war. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

No sporting event enjoys the big countdown more than the Olympics, and on Monday there were just 122 days to go before Tokyo 2020. To everyone but the(...)

A patient    is injected during a  clinical trial at    Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute  of a potential vaccine for Covid-19.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

The cascade of reports from around the world about multiplying Covid-19 cases and rising death tolls is so unrelenting, it’s hard to see any bright sp(...)

Wall Street shares are also on track to stage a mini recovery. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty

Irish shares slid in late trading on Tuesday as an equities rally across Europe – a day after the biggest sell-off since 2008 – petered out, with inve(...)

Minister for justice Masako Mori said Japan is a law-abiding country. Photograph: Getty

Japan has executed its first foreigner in 10 years, a Chinese man convicted over the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four. Wei Wei (40) was ha(...)

Citizens demonstrate against new US military base construction in Henoko. Over 70% of voters refused such base building in the February, 2019 referendum. Photograph: Jinhee Lee/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty

Would Northern Ireland’s civil rights movement ever have secured equal rights for nationalists if it wasn’t for the IRA’s armed campaign? Come to that(...)

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