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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Japanese shoppers stock up on supplies over coronavirus fears | AFP

A supermarket in Tokyo is packed with shoppers Friday morning and many shelves are emptied as Tokyo’s governor urges people to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible “explosion” of the coronavirus after scores of new cases were discovered this week.

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Olympics postponed: Images of Tokyo’s new national stadium | AFP

Images from outside Tokyo’s new national stadium after Olympic chiefs postponed the 2020 Tokyo Games until next year, a historic move to push back the world’s biggest sporting event due to the coronavirus pandemic that is upending global society. IMAGES

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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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Coronavirus: Images of IOC HQ as officials decide fate of Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Images from outside the IOC HQ as Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe and IOC chief Thomas Bach discuss the fate of Tokyo 2020 amid calls for postponement due to the global coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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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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‘Heartbreaking’: Olympic torch events downscaled over virus | AFP

Chief executive Toshiro Muto says Tokyo 2020 organisers have taken the “heartbreaking” decision to scale back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus.

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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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Will the Olympics happen? Tokyo governor gives her take | AFP

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike says cancelling the 2020 Olympic Games is not an option but that the classification of the new coronavirus as a pandemic will likely have an impact on the event. Doubts are increasingly being raised over whether the Olympics can be held as scheduled from July 24 to August 9.

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Japanese mark ninth anniversary of devastating tsunami amid coronavirus outbreak | AFP

People gather at a park in Tokyo to hold a minute’s silence, lay flowers and pay tributes, as they mark the ninth anniversary of a towering tsunami which triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Public commemorations were scaled back this year due to coronavirus fears.

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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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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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Japanese children mark six months to Tokyo 2020 Paralympics | AFP

Third-graders from a Tokyo primary school experience what it is like to be a blind athlete in an event marking six months to the Tokyo Paralympics. They put on eye masks and pair up with classmates to learn how blind athletes compete in the games.

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Kodokan: near-religious experience for foreign judo pilgrims | AFP

For judo lovers all over the world who make the pilgrimage to Tokyo’s Kodokan, it’s an emotional experience to tread the hallowed mats — a unique chance to train at the sport’s Mecca.

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Uzbekistan’s 44-year-old gymnast heads for ‘last’ Olympics | AFP

Aged 44 and readying for her eighth Olympics in Tokyo, Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina makes light of her record-breaking survival in a sport dominated by teen prodigies. But while the desire to compete still burns in Chusovitina, she says she has given her word to her family, whom she calls her “strongest motivation”, that the Tokyo Games this year will be her “last Olympics”.

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Surfs Up! Tokyo to debut new Olympic sport

Members of the USA Olympic Surfing Event are training in California to compete in the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo where surfing will make its Olympic debut. (Feb. 3)

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Tokyo opens new Olympic arena amid coronavirus fears | AFP

Tokyo opens a new Olympic arena, which will host the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, as governor Yuriko Koike promises to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to the games this summer.

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Japanese evacuated from Wuhan describe fear in virus epicentre | AFP

Japanese citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak, described an atmosphere of confusion and fear in the Chinese city and expressed relief as they arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday. Takeo Aoyama, an employee at Nippon Steel says he is relieved to back in Japan.

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Plane carrying Japanese evacuees from Wuhan lands in Tokyo | AFP

The first Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday aboard a plane. of planeN°1OH7YW

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