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Japan to end Tokyo's state of emergency

Social distancing curbs were loosened for most of the country on 14 May as new infections fell, but the government had kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under watch.

Japan's economy minister told reporters on Monday local time the government had received approval from key advisers to remove the state of emergency for all remaining regions.

It would be the first time the country has been completely free from the state of emergency since it was first declared a month and a half ago.

Pacific Islanders can purchase Tokyo Olympics tickets

This includes Ni-Vans, Fijians, Samoans, Tuvaluans,Solomon Islanders, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Nauruans and American Samoa

KNT is the Authorised Ticket and Package Agent (ATR) and will endeavor to offer the same service for tickets and packages for these new dates and to protect those who have already purchased for the 2020 Games.

As far as tickets are concerned, the following is the latest information we have from the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (TOCOG): “As announced on 24 March 2020, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been postponed.

Japan Olympics: Delay of 1-2 years 'feasible'

Haruyuki Takahashi, one of more than two dozen members of the Tokyo 2020 executive board, told Reuters the body had just started looking at scenarios for how the virus could affect the Games.

Takahashi has earlier told the Wall Street Journal that the board had not discussed the impact of the virus, having last met in December before the epidemic spread.

Recycled cardboard used for beds at Olympics and Paralympics

The mattresses for the beds will be formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the events.

There will be 18,000 beds needed for the Olympics, and 8,000 for the Paralympics.

Medals for the Tokyo 2020 Games are made entirely from recycled consumer devices.

The beds will be 2.10 metres long and the manufacturers say they will be able to support a weight of about 200kg, which is more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Kenny eyes Olympics landmark in Tokyo

The 29-year-old announced on Tuesday that he will return to cycling at the Revolution Series in Manchester next January as he continues his bid to become Great Britain's most successful Olympian. 

Kenny, who took time off after winning three golds at Rio 2016 and married fellow cyclist Laura Trott before the pair had a child, is level with the legendary Chris Hoy on six podium-topping finishes at the Games.

Umaga takes blame for Tokyo blue

 With both teams out of playoff contention, the last-placed Japanese side scored eight tries to three and ran the woeful visitors ragged on their way to a commanding 48-21 victory on a scorching afternoon in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Sunwolves, who had just one other win this year and came into the match having conceded 146 points in two big losses in South Africa, trailed by 14 towards the end of the first half before rattling off 41 unanswered points and keeping the visitors scoreless in the second spell.

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first female governor

Ms Koike, who ran as an independent, received more than 2.9 million votes in Sunday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin.

One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Scandals linked to the Games forced the last two governors to resign.

"I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen," Ms Koike, 64, told cheering supporters,

Japan's Line to list shares in Tokyo and New York

It is looking to raise more than $900m (£624m) from investors, which would value the firm at more than $5bn.

The listing, planned for July, could make it the world's biggest technology initial public offering this year.

Line is looking to raise funds to expand into the US and help it compete with rivals such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and China's WeChat.

The app first made its debut in 2011 and is the most popular messaging service in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

Japan's student protests: To the barricades in designer gear

With its vast digital screens and incessant buzz of advertising jingles, it is a gateway to Japanese youth culture, with every road leading to brand-name stores and nightclubs.

On Sunday, a month after the government passed a controversial security bill in the face of widespread opposition, the plaza off Shibuya crossing was jammed with student activists, eager to continue their anti-government demonstrations.

Armed with everything from megaphones to turntables and crates of vinyl, they came clad in chic streetwear, making the afternoon half demo, half street party.

How to live to 100, according to scientists

They identified that to live past the age of 100 you must keep inflammation down in the body and telomeres long – which are the part of human cells that affect how our cells age.

Severe inflammation is part of many diseases in the old, such as diabetes or diseases attacking the bones or the body’s joints, and chronic inflammation can develop from any of them.