Japan, IOC Agree to Postpone 2020 Tokyo Olympics by About One Year

TOKYO—The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic spreads world-wide, an unprecedented shifting of the world’s largest sporting event that casts a universe of athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and sports organizations into a period of protracted uncertainty. Japanese Prime Minister…

Two Coronavirus Cruise Ship Passengers Die in Japan

TOKYO—Japanese officials defended their handling of cruise-ship virus victims after the first two passenger deaths were reported—one a woman in her 80s who had a fever for a week before getting to a hospital. Health minister Katsunobu Kato told Parliament the two “received the best…

Japan to Send Small Naval Squad to Middle East

TOKYO—Japan said Friday it would dispatch a small naval squad to waters near Iran as part of efforts to ensure safe navigation, a rare move to send military forces into an area of international strains. A string of attacks on shipping—including one in June on…