A pledge to advance equality and inclusion is also expected to come next month from the games' organizing committee.
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The former judo heavyweight, who missed out on the 1980 Moscow Olympics due to an international boycott, is optimistic that the postponed Tokyo Games will go on this summer.
As the pandemic forces institutions around the world to change the way they do things, new endeavors are some of the ways that Buddhist groups in Japan are trying to survive.
In the latest example, Kyushu's Saga Prefecture sold its first note in the U.S. currency on Tuesday, following last week’s issuance of such debt by neighboring Fukuoka Prefecture.
Japanese religious organizations are also under pressure to earn more from investing.
Japan is one of several countries where the virus has made a comeback in winter months with Tokyo finding a record 2,447 cases on Jan. 7.
Unprecedented stimulus from central banks amid the pandemic has dragged down rates, and left investors clamoring for debt that may help increase returns.
A new type of bond that penalizes issuers for failing to meet social and environmental goals is raising concern that buying the debt may not be all that ethical.
For investors, giant bond sales are attractive because issuers usually need to pay a premium to compensate for the added risk of large repayments.
The numbers hint at what may be going on around the world as countries grapple with the fallout from mass unemployment and social isolation.