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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

With 88 days until the Tokyo Olympics, a "fourth wave" of the pandemic has hit Japan.

Driving the news: Bars, department stores and theaters across Japan will remain closed for 17 days, after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three other prefectures.

  • A senior member of Japan's ruling party recently questioned Tokyo's ability to host the Games and said cancellation is still an option.
  • The Olympic torch relay has been detoured several times since it began on March 25 and will be banned altogether this weekend.

The state of play: The surge in infections and Olympics concerns have put a spotlight on Japan's lagging vaccine rollout.

  • As of last week, Japan had administered just over 2 million vaccine shots, which is roughly 1% of its population, per Forbes.
  • The U.S., by comparison, has administered nearly 230 million shots, enough for 42% of Americans to get one dose.

What's next: Tokyo organizers and the IOC will unveil a new "playbook" this week, explaining how the Olympics and Paralympics will safely welcome 15,400 athletes, AP reports.

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Updated Aug 3, 2021 - Sports

In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 11 highlights

Jrue Holiday, #12 of Team USA, drives to the basket against Spain during their men's basketball quarterfinal on day 11 of the Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Aug. 3 in Saitama, Japan. Holiday scored 12 points for the U.S. during the game. Photo: Charlie Neibergall - Pool/Getty Images

Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw Norway's Karsten Warholm smash the world record in the 400-meter hurdles — and so did the second-placed American Rai Benjamin on Tuesday.

Of note: In men's basketball, Team USA overcame a tough challenge from Spain to win 95-81 and advance to the semifinals — with Kevin Durant scoring 29 points for the Americans.

Updated Aug 8, 2021 - Sports

Olympics dashboard

Team USA's players celebrate their victory in their women's gold medal volleyball match against Brazil during the Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

🥇: U.S. clinches top Olympic gold spot after women's indoor volleyball team win

🏀: U.S. women's basketball scores 7th straight Olympic gold medal

🚴‍♀️: American Jennifer Valente wins final women's cycling gold of Tokyo Games

🤸🏿‍♀️: Biden lauds Biles for mental health "courage," praises Team USA in virtual meeting — Poll: Americans care about Olympians' mental health

🐎: Germany's modern pentathlon coach disqualified from Games for punching horse

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Aug 4, 2021 - Sports

2 teens and girl, 12, sweep board at women's Olympic park skateboarding

Photo: Ina Fried

TOKYO — Two teenagers and a 12-year-old girl swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event on Wednesday, with Japanese 19-year-old Sakura Yosozumi clinching gold.

Why it matters: While Yosozumi won with her high-flying acrobatics amid the brutal midday heat, her 60.09 was only a point ahead of 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki, also of Japan. Hiraki and 13-year-old British bronze medalist Sky Brown are among the youngest Olympic medalists of all time.