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Five updates on Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic news, starting with the ongoing furor over organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori’s sexist comments:

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  • Around 9,600 foreign nationals in Japan and abroad have signed up to be volunteers at the virus-postponed Tokyo Games, which organizers insist will go ahead this year as planned. But they now face an agonizing wait for news as tough decisions are made about how to hold the event safely, or at all, AFP-Jiji reports.
  • A French judge investigating Tokyo’s alleged vote-buying for its bid to host the Olympics slammed a Japanese probe into the claims as “limited” and having “many flaws,” sources tell Kyodo. Japanese prosecutors “failed to question all the witnesses or seize documents” that had been requested from the French side in 2018, the judge is quoted as telling the head of the Tokyo bid team at the time.
  • The rowing and canoeing venue for Tokyo 2020 has already faced well-publicized issues related to the summer heat and poor water quality, but an oyster invasion is the latest problem making waves, literally, in the Sea Forest Waterway. But right now, organizers have bigger things on their plate to contend with than oysters — like a big, steaming mess of Mori stew.

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