Hawaiian surfer John John Florence, seen here competing in Portugal, is one of the favorites to win surfing’s first Olympic gold.
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Olympic surfers are coming from around the world to compete in surfing’s Olympic debut. But where will the waves come from?
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The competition for soft power is at the heart of the Olympics. This year, the opening ceremony will be crucial for Japan.
These will not only be the most expensive Summer Games ever, they have likely come at a tremendous reputational cost for the IOC.
The Tokyo Olympics officially open on July 23 – one year later than originally planned and in an Olympic stadium that will be empty of spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Tokyo is not the…
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The economic benefits of the Olympics are in question like never before.
A joint drill between Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force, the U.S. Marine Corps and the French army in Japan this year.
Japan is showing increased support for Taiwan in the face of relentless pressure from China. Here’s why Taiwan matters so much to Tokyo and what it’s prepared to do about it.
But it’s the taking part that counts.
The meditation market is expected to grow to over $2 billion by 2022.
It’s easy to assume that the practice has few, if any, downsides. But a new study explored some of its social repercussions.
Since Rio handed the baton to Tokyo in 2016, the city has prepared to host foreign and domestic Olympics fans alike.
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As COVID empties the Tokyo 2020 bleachers, will the economic benefits of hosting in the first place outweigh the losses incurred by not having tourists?
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is sinking in the polls under intense criticism over his handling of the Tokyo Games. And yet, he may still get over the line in national elections this year.
Two members of the G-7 exchange an elbow bump.
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The G-7 nations, which include the US and UK, form the foundation of the modern global economy.
Look back in anger – and forward with better policies.
Protesters speak out against the Olympics in Tokyo on May 17, 2021.
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Even when there’s no pandemic underway, the local economy may take a hit.
No sightseeing, cheering, singing or (at least officially) sex. This is what an Olympic Games during a pandemic could look like.
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Japan is going through its fourth wave, testing rates are low and case numbers are climbing. Now athletes aren’t happy with the IOC’s plans to protect them.
The majority of Japanese people are opposed to the games going ahead, but there’s more to the decision to hold the Olympics than public opinion.
Why do nuclear plants produce radioactive water – and what happens when that water gets into the ocean?
The spy alliance has had the same membership for more than 60 years. That could be about the change.
How Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government handles the games may just determine its fate in elections this year.