The measures to keep athletes and officials safe from COVID-19 have also heightened mental and emotional pressures.
For Tim Culpan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The significance of Japan's Olympic gold-medal skateboarding wins is that they show there’s a raft of sports that many don’t take seriously but deserve credit.
With the world’s largest sporting event, officials are venturing into new territory as they seek ways to keep the excitement alive and people protected from COVID-19.
For medical personnel, eliminating spectators could mean the difference between controlling the pandemic at the doorstep or being overrun by a fresh outbreak.
Once a dominant name in electronic components, the nation has been overtaken by South Korea, Taiwan and China. Yet Tokyo may have a viable plan to revitalize its domestic sector.
While Tokyo could theoretically pull the plug right now — two months from the rescheduled start date — the city is contractually obliged to go ahead.
In just one week earlier this month, the case count for COVID-19 infections in Taiwan spiked by more than 40%, and it’s likely that figure will keep climbing.
Of great concern is that this core business once again contributed all of the operating profit because the rest of Alibaba’s divisions remain a drag on earnings.
While vaccines are being rolled out globally, the COVID-19 pandemic still continues, threatening to severely dampen the Olympic spirit ahead of the Tokyo games.
The global center of chipmaking is facing water restrictions that could impact Taiwan’s most important export.