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Japan’s Quiet Olympics

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Japan's new state of emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 concerns has eliminated any remaining hope for a “normal” Olympic/Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Whether it will also bear on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's political prospects this fall remains to be seen. TOKYO – On July 8, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo until August 22, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means the Tokyo Olympic Games (July 23-August 8) will be subject to strict limits on spectators for large events. A Golden Opportunity to End Destructive Fishing Subsidies Yao Feng/VCG via Getty Images Are US

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Japan's new state of emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 concerns has eliminated any remaining hope for a “normal” Olympic/Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Whether it will also bear on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's political prospects this fall remains to be seen.

TOKYO – On July 8, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo until August 22, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means the Tokyo Olympic Games (July 23-August 8) will be subject to strict limits on spectators for large events.

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