In an interview marking the six-month countdown to the Summer Games, Toshiro Muto did not rule out the possibility that events will take place behind closed doors amid the ongoing pandemic.
Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.
For Andrew McKirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Tokyo looks to find the right balance between encouraging creative expression and protecting buildings from vandalism.
As the world’s hunger for Japanese cuisine grows, so does its thirst for the country’s iconic drink.
An iconic Tokyo record store prepares to close, leaving vinyl fans fearing for the future.
Brave Blossoms have not played a match since their World Cup quarterfinal defeat to South Africa on Oct. 20 last year.
As Japan swelters through record temperatures, fan-fitted clothing moves beyond workwear and into new markets.
One year after the global tournament kicked off, the impact of COVID-19 is hampering efforts to build on the hugely successful event.
The nation's love of stag and rhinoceros beetles has flourished during the pandemic, with families driving demand.
While many associate the kimono with Japanese tradition, renewed interest in the garment at home and abroad is giving it a new lease on life.
Attempts are being made to enhance the visibility and availability of sign language across the nation.