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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Tokyo Olympics are set to begin a month from today, with the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23.

The state of play: Support for the Games seems to be growing among the Japanese public, but there's persistent opposition from those who are concerned about the health risks.

COVID-19 cases: Japan is seeing relatively low case counts after a surge last month. So far, about one in every 161 people in Japan has tested positive (in the U.S. that number is about one in 10).

Vaccinations: Just 7% of Japan's residents are fully vaccinated and roughly 18% have received at least one shot, putting Japan's vaccination rates among the lowest of its peers.

The event: While the Games may still end up wowing TV audiences, the on-the-ground experience is going to be quiet, isolated and strange.

  • Testing: Athletes will be tested daily in the Olympic Village, after being tested at least twice before leaving home, and once upon arrival.
  • Living: Normally a place for socializing and celebrating, this year's Olympic Village is a sanitized bubble full of testing centers. The "city within a city" has 21 residential towers with 3,600 rooms. Take a tour.
  • Fans: Local fans are permitted (for now), but venues are limited to 50% capacity (up to 10,000 fans). Attendees must wear masks, can't cheer or buy alcohol, and must go straight home afterward.
  • Media: NBCUniversal will broadcast 7,000 hours of programming surrounding the Games. That includes 17 consecutive nights in primetime with host Mike Tirico.

Meet Team USA: Welcome to the post-Phelps era. There are familiar names (like Ledecky and Biles), but plenty of new ones too (like Dressel and Richardson).

  • Track & Field: Sha'Carri Richardson (above) is vying to become the first American woman to win the 100 meters since Gail Devers in 1996. In April, she ran the sixth-fastest women's 100 ever.
  • Swimming: The 50-member swim team features 11 teenagers, the most since 1996. Three Americans qualified in three or more individual events: Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky and Michael Andrew.
  • Soccer: The women's roster (18 players, four alternates) will be revealed today. The men failed to qualify.
  • Men's basketball: The 12-man roster is nearly finalized. Here are the 11 players who've committed: Durant, Harden, Lillard, Booker, Tatum, Beal, Middleton, Adebayo, Green, Holiday, and Love.
  • Women's basketball: WNBA legends Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles (combined 11 gold medals) headline the 12-woman roster that features six newcomers.
  • Gymnastics: The U.S. Olympic trials begin tomorrow in St. Louis. Simone Biles is the star — who will be joining her?
  • Golf: Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau will represent the men. The women's team will be finalized next week.
  • Skateboarding: The first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team has 12 members, and they'll be competing in street and park disciplines. The most famous name is Nyjah Huston (4.6 million IG followers).
In photos:
Photo: Jinhee Lee/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • The $15.4 billion National Stadium will serve as the main venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, while also hosting track & field events.
Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images
  • The countdown clock shows 30 days until the opening ceremony.
Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images
  • The Japanese government ended the state of emergency in most prefectures this weekend as cases continue to fall, though some restrictions remain in Tokyo and elsewhere.
Photo: Berouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images
  • Self-driving vehicles will be used to shuttle athletes from the Olympic village to event venues and other pre-set routes.
Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • A replica of a room in the Olympic Village.

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LeBron James confirms he is vaccinated against COVID

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NBA star LeBron James confirmed Tuesday that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the league prepares for the start of the 2021-22 season next month.

The big picture: Over 90% of NBA players are fully vaccinated, the National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement Tuesday.

"No-code" miracle for startups

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The U.S. has reached a tipping point in its shift from the industrial economy — one that relied on the buildout of hardware — to an information economy that relies on the transfer, storage and implementation of data, according to a new report.

Why it matters: This shift towards a data and information-based economy has allowed more businesses to establish themselves and scale quickly and at a very low cost. As such, the number of jobs created by the commercial internet has more than tripled since 2012.

Amazon's small business shield

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Amazon is touting the success of small sellers on its platform through the pandemic — and warning that antitrust legislation could jeopardize that success and blow up its open-marketplace model.

Why it matters: As online shopping became a lifeline for both businesses and consumers during the pandemic, Amazon reaped big benefits, but also saw its regulatory risk grow.