Unseasonal snowfall amid cherry blossom season in Tokyo | AFP

Unseasonal snowfall blankets the streets of Japan’s capital on Sunday during cherry blossom season, creating beautiful scenes. Tokyo’s governor had urged residents to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible “explosion” in the number of coronavirus cases, but some residents were out-and-about, unable to resist the views.

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Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic | AFP

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held in around a year as a ‘testament’ to humanity’s victory over the new coronavirus pandemic,says Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. COMPLETES 1Q50UO

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Olympic postponement may be ‘inevitable’ amid coronavirus pandemic | AFP

Postponing the Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic may become ‘inevitable’, Japan’s prime minister conceded Monday, after the International Olympic Committee said a delay was being considered as pressure grows from athletes and sports bodies.

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Japan enjoys cherry blossom despite warning over cornavirus | AFP

Coronavirus warnings are shadowing Japan’s celebrated cherry blossom season, but still many viewers are cautiously enjoying annual festivities with some even daring to gather for drinks regardless of no parties advisories.

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Olympic flame reaches Japan amid doubt about games

The Olympic flame on Friday completed its journey from Greece to Japan. Olympic and local organizers maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24. Others say they should be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (March 20)

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Olympic flame arrives in Japan ahead of Tokyo 2020 | AFP

The Olympic flame arrives in Japan to a muted reception, with what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has cast doubt over whether the Games can even go ahead. IMAGES

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Tokyo residents react to doubts over 2020 Olympics | AFP

Tokyo residents give their views on the fate of the 2020 Olympics, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe. Tokyo Olympics organisers, Japan’s government and the International Olympic Committee have been adamant that the Games – which are due to open on July 24 – will go ahead as planned despite the global panic.

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Chinese and Koreans disappear from Tokyo’s top tourist attractions | AFP

From the world-famous Tsukiji fish market to the popular Ginza shopping district, Chinese and South Korean tourists have become a rare sight in Tokyo. Japan from Monday began quarantining arrivals from the two countries for two weeks, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Kids at work place: how families are coping as virus shuts schools | AFP

Mayumi Iijima, who works in human resources in Tokyo, is struggling to find ways to entertain and educate her children during school closures. Her company has allowed her to bring the children in, setting aside a conference room and encouraging other staff to help out. Nearly all schools are closed in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for classes to be cancelled through March and spring break amid the coronavirus fears.

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Today in History for March 8th

Highlights of this day in history: The first American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam; The Russian Revolution begins; U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry makes his second landing in Japan; Baseball hall-of-famer Joe DiMaggio dies. (March 8)

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For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics are no reason for cheer | AFP

The Olympic torch relay that begins in Japan this month will start from Fukushima, emphasising what the government dubs the “Reconstruction Olympics”, but not everyone in the region will be cheering.

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Brain trauma in sport | AFP Animé

Videographic on brain trauma and concussion. Concussions were down 28 percent at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan compared with the 2018 elite competition average, World Rugby announced on Wednesday. The 2020 Six Nations Championship resumes on Saturday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Toilet paper panic spreads to Tokyo as pharmacy shelves emptied | AFP

Residents in Tokyo say they cannot buy toilet papers as panic-buying empty shelves in pharmacies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has called for nationwide school closures as the virus has infected at least 230 people across Japan and been linked to six deaths.

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Tokyo Olympics on, organisers say, as virus hits Japan events | AFP

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are going ahead, organisers say, even as the government calls for major events in coming weeks to be postponed, cancelled or scaled back over the new coronavirus.

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Relatives of crew on virus-stricken Japan ship appeal for repatriation | AFP

Relatives of the more than 500 Filipino workers aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan are appealing for their loved ones to be repatriated immediately on Saturday. They met with the employer, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, in Manila to discuss the health status of the workers as well as repatriation and quarantine procedures. A 14-day quarantine is expected to start for the more than 1,000 crew still on board. AND SOUNDBITESN°1P74Q8

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Virus-cleared passengers are let off the Diamond Princess | AFP

Hundreds of passengers disembark from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan after testing negative for the disease that has now claimed more than 2,000 lives in China.

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Passengers leave Japan virus ship after 14-day quarantine | AFP

Buses start transporting passengers who have tested negative for the new coronavirus as they begin leaving a cruise ship in Japan that has seen more than 500 cases of the potentially deadly disease. IMAGES

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First plane carrying Americans from Japan virus ship lands in US | AFP

The first plane carrying US citizens evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan land at Travis Air Force Base in California. The charter flight touched down around 11:29 pm (0729 GMT Monday) at the base 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, an AFP photographer saw. IMAGES

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Americans from quarantined cruise ship land in US

A chartered flight carrying Americans from cruise ship quarantined in Japan during the coronavirus crisis has landed in California. A second plane is going to Texas. More than 300 Americans will need to remain quarantined for two weeks. (Feb. 17)

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Americans evacuated from Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan as virus cases hit 355 | AFP

Images show American tourists on buses leaving the port where their quarantined cruise ship is docked in Japan, to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. The Diamond Princess was placed in a 14-day quarantine in early February after a former passenger tested positive for the virus. Americans on board were given the option to leave the ship and fly home, where they will face another 14-day isolation period. IMAGES

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Americans leave quarantined Japan ship as virus cases hit 355 | AFP

Images show the Diamond Princess vessel at port in Yokohama as American tourists prepare to leave the quarantined cruise ship to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. The Diamond Princess was placed in a 14-day quarantine in early February after a former passenger tested positive for the virus. Americans on board were given the option to leave the ship and fly home, where they will face another 14-day isolation period. IMAGES

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