Japanese sumo star Tokitsuumi Masahiro has been ordered to retire after breaking coronavirus rules for the second time.
Japan's Vaccine Minister has conceded the country's rollout will be delayed as it will have a "very limited" supply until April.
Japan has begun vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 just over five months before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are due to open.
Shoko Ota, three times a Winter Paralympian in skiing events, is now making tracks to become a Summer Paralympian as she targets appearing at the Tokyo 2020 Games, where taekwondo is due to make its Paralympic debut.
Three venues outside of Tokyo were reported to be undamaged by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the Eastern coast of Japan yesterday.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 has hit off the Eastern coast of Japan, affecting areas including Fukushima.
According to the latest poll conducted by NHK, approximately 80 per cent of Japanese people think Tokyo 2020 should be postponed or cancelled.
Argentina have been added to the line-up of the SheBelieves Cup in the United States after Japan withdrew from the tournament due to COVID-19 concerns.
Human Rights Watch is among 116 organisations to have signed a letter calling for Japan to draft and pass an anti-discrimination bill on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity prior to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A week is a long time in a pandemic.
Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay may be forced to divert the event away from public roads when it begins its journey around Japan two months from today.
A study has estimated that staging this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo without spectators would result in a ¥2.4 trillion (£16.9 billion/$23.1 billion/€19 billion) economic loss for Japan.
The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) has announced the extension of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Japanese partners that aims to help athletes prepare for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control "as soon as possible", while reiterating his determination to host the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this year.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has spoken of his desire to hold talks with senior North Korean officials at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as he seeks a diplomatic settlement over the abduction of his country’s citizens.