Kyodo News Digest: June 9, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on June 9, 2021
Traffic restriction begins near the National Stadium in Tokyo on June 8, 2021, some 40 days ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Traffic to designated areas near the National Stadium, the main venue of the Olympics and Paralympic, will be barred until Sept. 30. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
WASHINGTON – The State Department on Tuesday eased its advisory that warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Japan, just two weeks after raising the alert to the highest level of 4 as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Reflecting the latest assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the department has returned Japan to level 3, indicating a destination to which Americans should “reconsider travel.”
Japan may decide whether to approve new Alzheimer’s drug by year-end
TOKYO – Japan’s health ministry said Tuesday it may decide whether to approve the domestic use of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, developed by the country’s Eisai Co. and U.S. firm Biogen Inc., by the end of this year.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the drug sold as Aduhelm, paving the way for what the agency calls a first of its kind treatment to target the underlying cause of the irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills.
TOKYO – Japan is considering vaccinating about 70,000 volunteers for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, while thousands of media members will be tracked by a global positioning system when they are under mandatory quarantine after entering the country to improve the safety of the major event amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday.
Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa said in response to parliamentary questioning that officials have already agreed to pursue the idea of vaccinating all volunteers who registered through the Tokyo Games organizing committee to assist at venues and the athletes’ village.
TOKYO – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday named 29 athletes originating from 11 countries to the Refugee Olympic Team of this summer’s Tokyo Games, nearly three times larger than the first-ever squad at the previous 2016 sporting extravaganza.
The athletes, who fled from countries including Syria, Iran and South Sudan, will participate in 12 sports, the IOC said in a statement. They will arrive in Tokyo after gathering in Qatar in mid-July and will be hosted by Waseda University to train before entering the athletes’ village.
PARIS – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday decided to redistribute slots for the Tokyo Olympics that were being held for North Korea, in a move that effectively finalized the Asian country’s absence from the upcoming games.
Although North Korea’s Olympic committee has not informed the IOC of its intentions, the country’s sports ministry said in April that Pyongyang would not participate in the Summer Games to protect its athletes from the novel coronavirus.
U.S. eyes 1st in-person summit with Japan, Australia, India in fall
WASHINGTON – The United States plans to host the first in-person summit with Japan, Australia and India in Washington in the fall, a senior official said Tuesday.
Speaking at a think-tank event, White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell said, “Our goal is to hold an in-person Quad meeting” to take place “here in Washington in the fall with all leaders in attendance.”
U.N. chief Guterres secures 2nd term with Security Council backing
NEW YORK – U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres secured his second term as the Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution supporting his bid to continue in the top post.
The General Assembly will make a formal appointment for the U.N. chief based on the recommendation by the Security Council. Guterres is currently in the last year of his first five-year term.
TOKYO – Japan’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts received another boost Tuesday as major companies and universities filed requests for vaccinating employees, staff and students at more than 400 workplaces and campuses starting as early as later this month.
Those companies and universities include ANA Holdings Inc., East Japan Railway Co., Marubeni Corp., Keio University and Hiroshima University, as well as the operator of Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University, with the government aiming for the start of the new vaccination scheme on June 21.