Most of the cancellations so far have been in the 500 or so municipalities involved in the Olympics "host town" program.
For Daniel Leussink's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In the years leading up to the games, developers have poured hundreds of billions of yen into shopping and dining complexes to serve an influx of overseas visitors.
Support for the prime minister's Cabinet has dropped from 39% last month to 33%, with disapproval rising 10 percentage points to 45%, according to a poll by the Asahi newspaper.
Businesses had hoped for more activity after the end of the state of emergency in late May, but big events have remained on hold and restaurants are struggling.
Even though virus controls were lifted in May, more people working from home and social-distancing rules have forced most outlets to halve their seating.
The real unemployment rate is closer to 11 percent, one think tank says.
In a country with the world's oldest population, elderly workers fill roles as shop clerks, cleaners and taxi drivers.
Machinery orders sank again in October in a fresh sign that business spending, previously one of the few points of strength in the world's third-largest economy, is stalling as slumping exports bruise investment appetite. Core machinery orders fell 6.0 percent in October from the previous ...
As Japan's construction firms are squeezed by the tightest labor market since the 1970s and a rapidly aging population, they are pouring investment into technology — and providing unexpected support to an economy reeling from the bitter U.S.-China trade war. The industry sees artificial intelligence ...
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday as expected but offered a stronger signal it may cut interest rates in the future, underscoring its concern that overseas risks could derail the country's fragile economic recovery. The decision came hours after the U.S. ...