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In a stunning but foreshadowed move, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced late Tuesday night that Japan had reached an agreement with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to be postponed until next summer at the latest as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold.

Abe said he had “reconfirmed” with Bach that the games would not be canceled and that two had agreed “100 percent” to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics “by the summer of 2021 at the latest.”

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