A month after a coronavirus-forced postponement, Japan remains far from staging a "safe and complete" Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo in the summer of 2021.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to face up to a roughly 10-fold rise in coronavirus infections in Japan this month, an increasingly stretched health care system and slowing economic activity as the country toils under the nationwide state of emergency he declared earlier in April.

The global coronavirus pandemic that led to a one-year delay of the Olympics has laid bare an intensifying rivalry between Abe — criticized for his slow response to the crisis — and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who is busy polishing her “commander-in-chief” image.