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Protesters in Tokyo call for the Olympic Games to be canceled, May 17. Photo: Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association — a group of about 6,000 doctors — has called for the 2021 Olympic Games to be canceled due to an upsurge of COVID-19 cases in Japan.

Why it matters: Rising case numbers in Japan are a reminder that the pandemic is not over even as cases, hospitalizations and deaths fall in the United States.

  • The physicians' group said Japan's health system would not be able to accommodate the international teams' possible medical needs, per the Washington Post.

What they're saying: “We strongly request that the authorities convince the [International Olympic Committee] that holding the Olympics is difficult and obtain its decision to cancel the Games,” the association said in its statement, per the Post.

  • It added that Tokyo hospitals “have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity."

The big picture: The Tokyo Summer Games — presently 66 days away — were postponed last year due to the pandemic.

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May 17, 2021 - World

Uyghurs and Tibetan advocates call for total boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

A spectator watches a football game on April 8, 2021 in Beijing, China. Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images

A coalition of Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Hong Kong advocates on Monday called on governments, people, olympic committees and athletes to entirely boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, AP first reported.

Why it matters: The U.S. and other countries have accused China of carrying out a genocide and crimes against humanity against Muslim Uyghurs, including subjecting the ethnic minority population to forced sterilization, rape, forced labor and torture inside detention camps in the Xinjiang region.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
May 18, 2021 - World

Japan and Europe's economic contractions weigh on global recovery

Japan's economy shrank by 5.1% in the first quarter, government data showed, putting the world's third-largest economy again at risk of falling into recession.

Where it stands: With Japan's economy shrinking by more than expected in Q1 and at risk for another contraction in Q2, the global recovery theme looks to be at risk.

Dozens missing after deadly Miami-area condo collapse

A massive search-and-rescue operation is underway after a portion of a 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to AP.

The latest: As many as 99 people are reported missing, Miami-Dade County's police director said, per the Miami Herald.