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International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Issei KatoOlympics organisers prepared on Tuesday to unveil their latest "playbook" of rules to control COVID-19 infections as Japan's government pondered whether to extend a state of emergency and senior Olympics official John Coates arrived in Tokyo. Organisers' rules already mandate wearing masks by athletes and others in most situations and frequent testing for COVID-19. Just under one-third wanted the Games cancelled while 61% wanted either a cap on spectators or no spectators at all. Organisers have already decided against allowing spectators from abroad and will make a call on domestic spectators later this month.
Persons: John Coates, Issei Kato, Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan's, Tamayo Marukawa, Yoshihide Suga, Jeff Shell, Moon Jae, Suga Organizations: Olympic Committee, REUTERS, Olympics, International Olympic Committee, Games, Pfizer Inc, Kyodo, IOC, NHK, Comcast Corp, Yomiuri, South, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo . Coates, Seoul, South Korea
S.Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over cancelled Japan talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Hyonhee Shin | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, which lie about halfway between the neighbours in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. The decades-long territorial row was rekindled after South Korea lodged a protest over a map on the Tokyo Olympics website marking the islands as Japanese territory. South Korea asked the International Olympic Committee to mediate the dispute, and some South Korean politicians called for a boycott of the Games. The Korean drills around the islets have taken place twice a year since 1986, prompting frequent protests from Japan. "We've protested to the South Korean government and called for them to be halted."
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Moon Jae, Japan's, Katsunobu Kato, Kato, We've Organizations: Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic, South, Reuters, South Korean, Thomson Locations: Japan, Seoul, Tokyo, South Korea, Korea, England
Japan lawmakers vote down no-confidence motion against cabinet
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 13, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPANJapan's lower house of parliament voted down on Tuesday a no-confidence motion brought against the cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by opposition parties angered over its refusal to extend the current parliamentary session. Though Japan has not suffered the ravages of other nations over the coronavirus, its slowness in vaccinating citizens and patchy response have dented support for Suga. That was the highest disapproval rating since the prime minister took office last September, but the majority held by his Liberal Democratic Party and other coalition partners meant the no-confidence motion had always been unlikely to pass.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Yukio Edano, Suga Organizations: Japan's, Kyodo, JAPAN, Tokyo, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, NHK, Liberal Democratic Party, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan
United States President Joe Biden's plan to unite Washington's closest allies and take on China just scored a big political win. The G7 confronted China on just about every sore spot, from allegations of human rights abuses and forced labor in Xinjiang to ongoing political disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. China still fired back against the statement, accusing the G7 of deliberately slandering China" and "arbitrarily interfering in China's internal affairs." Under Biden, the United States recently expanded a ban on American investment in dozens of Chinese firms. In his statement reported by Xinhua, the Chinese President said it was important to "maintain overall social stability and create a good atmosphere for the Party's centenary."
Persons: Joe Biden's, Washington's, Xi, Donald Trump, Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Biden, China's mercantilist, Alex Capri, Hinrich, , Xi Jinping, Qu Yuan Organizations: CNN, US, United, Washington, Embassy, Canadian, Trump, Huawei, Hinrich Foundation, National University of Singapore, Mecrator Institute of China Studies, Eurasia Group, CNN . Rescue, Xinhua, Communist Locations: China, States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Taiwan Strait, London, Italian, St Austell , Cornwall, England, Beijing, Europe, United States, Britain, Asia, Korea, New Zealand, China's Hubei Province, China's Hubei, Zhangwan, Shiyan, Heilongjiang province, Shenzhen, Hubei, Tianjin
"G7 leaders have utterly failed to face up to the challenges facing the world," said Nick Dearden, director of campaign group Global Justice Now. This summit proves beyond all doubt that the G7 is not fit for purpose," Dearden said. In a note Monday, Paul Donovan, chief economist at UBS Global Wealth Management, referred to the G-7 as a "selfie summit." "The main focus of the G7 meeting (the photo opportunity) seemed to go well. Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the "Sound The Alarm" march during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in St Ives, Cornwall, England.
Persons: Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Leon Neal, Nick Dearden, Dearden, Paul Donovan, Donovan, Jeff J Mitchell Organizations: European, Japanese, Italian, Getty, Hong, Sino, U.S, of British Industry, Global, EU, European Commission, European Council, UBS Global Wealth Management, WHO, World Trade Organization Locations: U.S, British, Carbis, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, China, England, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, United States, St Ives, South Africa, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil
Japan's Cabinet to face no-confidence motion from opposition parties - Kyodo
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bows in front of the national flag at a news conference after the government's decision to exted a state of emergency amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 28, 2021. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERSJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Cabinet will face a no-confidence motion from opposition parties over its refusal to extend the current parliamentary session, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, though it is very unlikely to succeed. The opposition parties plan to submit the motion on Tuesday, Kyodo said, citing Yukio Edano, the leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. The move is almost certain to fail as Suga's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partners hold a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament. The opposition has called for extending the parliamentary session for three months beyond its scheduled last day on Wednesday to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Behrouz, Yoshihide Suga's, Kyodo, Yukio Edano, Suga Organizations: Japan's, Kyodo, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Liberal Democratic Party, Tokyo Olympics, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Britain
Japan denies reports of S. Korean president visit, summit during Olympics
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah SilbigerJapan on Tuesday denied a media report that South Korean President Moon Jae-In is arranging a visit to Japan timed with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as well as talks with Japanese Prime Minister Suga. The relationship between Asian neighbours South Korea and Japan has soured in recent years due to disputes over trade and war-time history, most recently over lawsuits by South Korean victims of wartime forced labour seeking compensation from Japanese firms. "There is no truth to that report," chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference, declining to comment further. A South Korean government official said: "We wish a successful Olympics but have no comment on whether President Moon will visit Tokyo."
Persons: Moon Jae, Sarah Silbiger, Suga, Yoshihide Suga, Katsunobu Kato, Moon Organizations: South, REUTERS, Tokyo, Japanese, Korean, Tokyo Olympics, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Sarah Silbiger Japan, Japan, South Korea, Tokyo
G7 split on reallocating $100 billion IMF funds to COVID-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders were trying to resolve differences over a proposal to reallocate $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. An almost final version of the G7 communique seen by Reuters showed Germany and Italy had yet to back the inclusion of the $100 billion figure in the final statement by leaders. The IMF’s members agreed in April to a $650 billion increase in IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and the G7 countries are considering whether to reallocate $100 billion of their rights to help poor countries fight the COVID pandemic. SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi. Member states can loan or donate their SDR reserves to other countries for their use.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Kristalina Georgieva Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, Seven, International Monetary, Reuters, IMF Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, CARBIS BAY, England, Germany, Italy
Biden reaffirms support for Tokyo Olympics to Japan's Suga
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Antoni Slodkowski | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
The Olympic rings are illuminated in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonU.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympics at a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday, highlighting the necessity of imposing public health measures ensuring the safety of those involved. "President Biden affirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward with all public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff and spectators," it said. "President Biden expressed pride in the U.S. athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit," it said. Tokyo 2020 would be "grateful" if G7 countries could support the Summer Games going ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday.
Persons: Kim Kyung, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Biden, Suga's, Seiko Hashimoto Organizations: REUTERS, Hoon U.S, Tokyo, Japanese, Tokyo Olympic, Tokyo Games, Olympic Committee, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Carbis Bay, North Korea, China, U.S, Washington
G-7 nations agree to boost climate finance, details missing
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world's seven largest advanced economies again pledged to meet the climate finance target. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said individual nations were expected to set out the size of the increases "in due course." There was a clear push by leaders at the G-7 summit in southwestern England try to counter China's increasing influence in the world, particularly among developing nations. "As democratic nations, we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system. The G-7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live."
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Japan —, Johnson Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Reuters, Industrial Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
Factbox: China, climate and vaccines - what the G7 agreed this weekend
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
CLIMATE CHANGE - The G7 said it would meet a long overdue funding pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer ones cut emissions and cope with global warming. The G7 also promised to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. read moreCOVID VACCINES - Leaders agreed to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next year to poorer countries. RUSSIA - The G7 demanded Russia take action to halt cyber attacks that demand ransoms from businesses in the West. read moreBIDEN AND THE WORLD - Biden was welcomed with open arms by the other G7 leaders after the isolationist stance of Donald Trump. "It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate," France's Macron said.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Britain's Boris Johnson, Johnson, BIDEN, Biden, Donald Trump, who’s, France's Macron Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, U.S, United Nations, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Thomson Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, England, CHINA, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Africa, Asia, RUSSIA, Russia, Moscow, London, United Kingdom
Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, world leaders met in person for the first time since the coronavirus shut down travel. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and US President Joe Biden. It was the first time the heads of these countries met in person since the pandemic shut down travel more than a year ago. The G7 leaders last met in person in France in August 2019, nearly two years ago. In addition to the seven countries normally present, others like South Africa, South Korea, India, and Australia received invitations to attend virtually the 47th Summit.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Jack Hill, Joe Biden — Organizations: Canadian, British, European Locations: Italian, Cornwall, England, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, Australia
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven will seek to rival China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative on Saturday by announcing a global infrastructure plan to help developing nations, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the BRI," the official said. In March, Biden said he had suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, hosting the G7 summit, that democratic countries should develop their own rival scheme. There were no specifics on how the global infrastructure scheme would be funded.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, China’s, Joe Biden's, Xi Jinping, Xi, we’ll, Biden Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, U.S ., Initiative, U.S, British, LABOUR, Congress, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, United States, China, Beijing, England, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Soviet Union, War, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Xinjiang
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment," the White House said. The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the G7 infrastructure proposal or the U.S. official's remarks about forced labour.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Xi Jinping's, Xi, Biden, official's Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, Beijing, Initiative, U.S, Congress, White, LABOUR, United, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, China, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Beijing, Soviet Union, War, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Xinjiang
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. It was not immediately clear how exactly the plan would work or how much capital it would ultimately allocate. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment", the White House said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Xi Jinping's, Xi, Biden, U.N Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, Initiative, U.S, Congress, United, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, China, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Beijing, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Soviet Union, War, Washington, Xinjiang
Ludovic Marin | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will press G-7 leaders to take concrete steps to counter China's rising global influence on Saturday, the second day of the annual summit. The Biden administration also plans to work with Congress to increase U.S. contributions to the G-7's Development Financing Toolkit. Biden administration aides insist that the project is not about making countries choose between the United States and China. "This is about offering an affirmative, alternative vision and approach that they would want to choose," a second administration official told reporters during a briefing on Friday. But rather than press G-7 leaders to flatly condemn China's treatment of Uyghurs, Biden will take a more diplomatic approach.
Persons: Charles Michel, Yoshihide Suga, Germany's, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Ursula von der Leyen, Ludovic Marin, Biden, Denny Roy, Roy, Wang Wenbin, Canada's, Frances, Germanys, Hollie Adams Organizations: European, Japan's, Britain's, Canada's, Italy's, AFP, Getty Images WASHINGTON, White, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, - West Center, South China Morning, Biden, European Council, European Commission, Seven, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, China, East Asia, United States, Xinjiang Province, Washington, Japan, Xinjiang, Beijing, U.S
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven rich nations will announce on Saturday a new global infrastructure plan as a response to China’s belt and road intiative, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said. "But until now we haven't offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business." China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the B and I (Belt and Road)," the official said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Joe Biden’s, Xi, Biden, we’ll Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Initiative, British, U.S, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, United States, China, Beijing, Asia, Europe, England, Xinjiang
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses: U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
G7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the leaders of the Group of Seven world's largest advanced economies had also agreed on the need to coordinate on supply chain resilience to ensure democracies are supporting each other. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Joe Biden's Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Seven, World Trade Organization Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, China, U.S, United States
Mr. Biden, on his first international trip as president, was set to meet with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. in the first face-to-face gathering of the G-7 since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leaders from other major democracies—South Korea, South Africa and Australia—will attend while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate via video link because of the Covid-19 pandemic raging through his country. The summit will also be one of the first major diplomatic outings for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and one of the last for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The leaders can “appear as superheroes to save the world,” says Robert Yates, a project director at think tank Chatham House. The G-7, however, makes up a shrinking share of the world economy: When it emerged in 1975, its members made up 70% of the global economy.
Persons: Biden, Australia —, Narendra Modi, Yoshihide Suga, Angela Merkel, , Robert Yates, they’ve, Trump Organizations: IVES, Indian, Eden Locations: England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, China, Russia
Japan city uses tsunami lessons for COVID-19 vaccinations
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Rocky Swift | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
A gymnasium which turned into a mass vaccination centre for the elderly is pictured in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Rocky SwiftTamio Hayashi, 77, doubted he could ever navigate the internet systems set up to register for COVID-19 vaccines across most of Japan. "This way is great," Hayashi told Reuters after he and his wife got their second doses at a local gymnasium. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wants to have Japan’s elderly population fully vaccinated by July and all adults by November. Residents were called by city block, no reservation necessary, and the city sent busses for those who could not travel on their own.
Persons: Rocky Swift Tamio Hayashi, Hayashi, Yoshihide Suga, Katsuhiro Abe, Abe, flustered, Kenji Shibuya Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Soma, Institute for Population Health, King's College, Thomson Locations: Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Tokyo, France, Canada, Fukushima, King's College London
The logo of the Tokyo Olympic Games, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building in Tokyo, Japan, January 22, 2021. A final decision is expected late next week, a few days before the end of the current emergency state, which also covers the northern island of Hokkaido, host of the marathon event. The Japanese government and Olympic organisers have said the Games would go ahead - barring "Armageddon", as one International Olympic Committee (IOC) member put it. "I can understand the desire to go ahead for the sake of the athletes, but they should either postpone for another year or cancel the Games," Edano told a news conference. Japan plans to finish vaccinating all those who want shots by October-November, Suga said in parliament this week.
Persons: Issei Kato, Yukio Edano, Nobuhiko Okabe, Edano, Hiroshi Nishiura, Yoshihide, Hirai's, Takuya Hirai, Suga Organizations: Tokyo Olympic, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, REUTERS, Mainichi, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Olympic, Games, Olympic Committee, Olympics, Kyodo, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Hokkaido
The logo of Toshiba Corp. is seen at the company's facility in Kawasaki, Japan June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File photoJapan's trade ministry on Friday denied its officials directed an adviser to contact Toshiba Corp (6502.T) shareholders as part of a plan to pressure them to support management in a key vote on board membership. Among its findings, the investigators' report said the trade ministry "effectively asked" a government adviser, described as "Mr. M", to negotiate with Harvard University's endowment fund to change its voting behaviour. "Ministry officials have informed me that it's not true that any request was made to engage with individual investors," Trade Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama told a regular press briefing. As one of the industrial conglomerates that modernized Japan and helped its post World War Two economic recovery, Toshiba enjoys close ties with government.
Persons: Kim Kyung, management's, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Hiromichi Mizuno, Mizuno, Elon Musk, Yoshihide Suga, Suga Organizations: Toshiba Corp, REUTERS, Toshiba, Harvard, Ministry, Reuters, Tesla Inc, Investment Fund, United Nations, Innovative Finance, Sustainable Investment, Effissimo Capital Management, Investment Partners, Nikkei, Thomson Locations: Kawasaki, Japan, Britain, Tokyo
UK PM Johnson offers Tokyo Olympics some big power support
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives by boat to visit the workshop of Scott Woyka, ahead of the G7 summit, in Falmouth, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/PoolBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday gave the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support at a meeting with Japan's Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the global spread of the coronavirus, is scheduled to start on July 23. "The prime minister expressed his support for the Tokyo Olympics, and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely," a Downing Street spokesperson said after the meeting. Tokyo 2020 would be "grateful" if G7 countries could support the Summer Games going ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Scott Woyka, Tom Nicholson, Japan's Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Johnson, Seiko Hashimoto Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, British, Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo, Downing, Olympic, Games, Olympic Committee, Thomson Locations: Falmouth , Cornwall, Britain, Tokyo, Carbis Bay
G7 leaders looked relaxed and happy in this year's G7 family photo. Biden is trying to use his first trip abroad as president to boost the US's image after the Trump era. This year's G7 "family photo" was taken on a beach in Cornwall, England, with world leaders' windswept hair stealing the show. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was front and center, with President Joe Biden — who is on his first trip abroad as commander-in-chief — to his right. "Everybody in the water," Biden jokingly said as the leaders gathered to pose for the shot.
Persons: Biden, Trump, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden —, , Justin Trudea, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Charles Michel, Yoshihide Suga, Mario Draghi, Ursula von der Leyen, Donald Trump, Thomson, Pew, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Trump, Canadian, European, EU, Macron, Thomson Reuters, Pew Research Center, NATO Locations: Cornwall, England, British, German, Japanese, Italian, Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Europe, Brussels, Belgium, Geneva, Switzerland
G7 summits are notorious for anodyne and slightly ridiculous photo opportunities which leave world leaders struggling to seem natural in bizarre contexts - for example meeting another world leader on a small, overcast English beach. Under grey clouds, British prime minister Johnson, with ruffled blonde hair, and his new wife Carrie, greeted other G7 leaders and their partners on a specially constructed wooden gangway beside the Atlantic. After the leaders returned for a socially distanced "family photograph", Germany's Angela Merkel urged Johnson ahead, telling him: "You are the leader." French President Macron held back, making a few remarks to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, before Biden draped his arm around Macron who returned the embrace. President Biden urged journalists to go swimming, feigning an order: "Everybody in the water."
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Charles Michel, Yoshihide Suga, Mario Draghi, Kevin Lamarque, France's Emmanuel Macron, Johnson, Carrie, Germany's Angela Merkel, Macron, Biden, it's, Jill Biden, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Britain's, European, Japan's, Italy's, REUTERS, U.S, Kremlin, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Italian, Macron, China, Geneva
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