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To hold, or not to hold: Tokyo residents torn two months before Olympics
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are only two months away, but residents are deeply divided on whether they should go ahead mid-pandemic, after the Games were already delayed by a year due to COVID-19.
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May 07, 2021
Isao Kawada, 77, a retiree, poses for a portrait as he visits a public bathhouse Daikoku-yu, in Tokyo,...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Isao Kawada, 77, a retiree, poses for a portrait as he visits a public bathhouse Daikoku-yu, in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2021. Kawada, who will only receive his first vaccine on July 2, said he still wanted the Games to go ahead. "We should have them. After all, everybody looked forward to them," he said. "There's just no excitement. The mood now is almost like a wake." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 05, 2021
Takashi Kitahara, 35, who works at an investment bank, poses for a portrait as he exercises with Daisuke...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Takashi Kitahara, 35, who works at an investment bank, poses for a portrait as he exercises with Daisuke Shimizu, 37 and Kazuyuki Abe, 51, at a "CrossFit Toranomon" gym in Tokyo, Japan, May 5, 2021. "Only a small percentage of people here have been vaccinated, and so I think under conditions like this, it (the Games) could be dangerous," said Kitahara. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 03, 2021
Shuta Yano, 28, a ball dancer, poses for a portrait as he performs on the street in Harajuku, Tokyo,...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Shuta Yano, 28, a ball dancer, poses for a portrait as he performs on the street in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, May 3, 2021. "I'm not an athlete, but I have spent my life mastering special skills, so in that sense I think I understand the athletes. So taking their point of view, I thought it would be good to hold them... But I've thought about it a lot and my feelings are a bit different now. Yes, they've spent their lives getting to this point. But holding the Olympics now is a situation that might not just change a few lives entirely, but many," said Yano. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 03, 2021
Theres Wik, 31, an office worker from Finland who is living in Tokyo, poses for a portrait as she walks...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Theres Wik, 31, an office worker from Finland who is living in Tokyo, poses for a portrait as she walks through Takeshita Street of Harajuku, in Tokyo, Japan, May 3, 2021. "I personally think they (the Games) should be held for the economy, but when you think about everybody's safety I think they should be cancelled," said Wik. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 02, 2021
Daisuke Fujii, 40, a chiropractor, poses for a portrait on his bike in front of Tokyo station in Tokyo,...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Daisuke Fujii, 40, a chiropractor, poses for a portrait on his bike in front of Tokyo station in Tokyo, Japan, May 2, 2021. "Of course there are worries, but no matter what you do you can't completely avoid risks. There's danger with the Olympics but even in regular life you might get sick," said Fujii. Just because it's the Olympics I don't think there's an especially high risk." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 02, 2021
Nobuaki Moribe, 37, a pet salon owner, poses for a portrait as he takes dogs for a walk at Yoyogi park...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Nobuaki Moribe, 37, a pet salon owner, poses for a portrait as he takes dogs for a walk at Yoyogi park in Tokyo, Japan, May 2, 2021. "The virus is here to stay and people shouldn't give in," said Moribe. "I want to watch the activities of people pursuing their goals and dreams." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 02, 2021
Tomohiro Hirayama, 37, an office worker, poses with his wife Rio Matsumoto, an actress and yoga trainer,...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Tomohiro Hirayama, 37, an office worker, poses with his wife Rio Matsumoto, an actress and yoga trainer, and his 11-month-old son for a portrait on their way to a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, May 2, 2021. "As for the Olympics, we've been in favour of them for quite a long time. The Olympic village is only a short walk from where we live and then the venues in the area have been completed. So from the point of view of those of us who live there, a sense of excitement about the Olympics and a positive feeling have strengthened," said Hirayama. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 05, 2021
Shinichiro Sekozawa, 89, a pensioner and former captain of a cargo ship, poses for a portrait as he visits...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Shinichiro Sekozawa, 89, a pensioner and former captain of a cargo ship, poses for a portrait as he visits the Sugamo district, an area popular with the Japanese elderly, in Tokyo, Japan, Japan, May 5, 2021. Sekozawa remembers the 1964 Games fondly and hopes the 2020 Olympics will take place - although he thinks they're too expensive. "It's fun to watch sports, to see all the athletes trying hard in competition," he said. "The smiles on their faces when they win give all of us energy." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 02, 2021
Double-dutch rope-jumper KAI, 29, and his team REG STYLE pose for a portrait while practicing at Yoyogi...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Double-dutch rope-jumper KAI, 29, and his team REG STYLE pose for a portrait while practicing at Yoyogi park in Tokyo, Japan, May 2, 2021. "I also think we probably don't need to go out of our way to hold them, (the Games)" KAI said. "But if they could give people energy and take place in a happy mood, I think they should definitely take place." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 10, 2021
Takashi Yonehana, 49, the owner and chef of the sushi restaurant Yonehana, poses for a portrait during...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Takashi Yonehana, 49, the owner and chef of the sushi restaurant Yonehana, poses for a portrait during an interview with Reuters at the restaurant, which is currently temporarily closed amidst the state of emergency that was declared during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 10, 2021. For Yonehana, Japan's international reputation is at stake. "If Japan becomes the first country to cancel the Olympics due to a pandemic, nobody will say it but everyone will think it ... it will damage our image," he said. "I think Japan will regret it if they give up. If things change for the better in two months, those 'We could have done it' opinions will emerge. Better to try and regret it rather than give up and regret it." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 10, 2021
Sousei Ajioka, 47, the Urasenke Tea master, poses for a portrait as he demonstrates Chado, the way of...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Sousei Ajioka, 47, the Urasenke Tea master, poses for a portrait as he demonstrates Chado, the way of tea, during a tea ceremony at his tea room in Tokyo, Japan, May 10, 2021. "Through studying the tea ceremony, the heart of it is everybody sharing and getting along with each other, but that kind of exchange has been cut off by the coronavirus. My honest feeling is that the Olympics, which are one opportunity for these exchanges, are difficult under the current conditions," said Ajioka. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 08, 2021
Ryutaro Tajima, 36, who works in the financial service sector, poses for a portrait on an escalator in...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Ryutaro Tajima, 36, who works in the financial service sector, poses for a portrait on an escalator in a commercial building in a business district in Tokyo, Japan, May 8, 2021. Tajima said nearly everybody around him opposes the Games and the touted economic impact will be low without foreign tourists. "There might have been an impact by building new stadiums and things, but if they aren't used well going forward it'll be a big waste," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 07, 2021
Tomoko Shimbo, 42, the owner of "Koganeyu Hostel" poses for a portrait at her hostel in Tokyo, Japan,...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Tomoko Shimbo, 42, the owner of "Koganeyu Hostel" poses for a portrait at her hostel in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2021. The opening of Koganeyu's hostel has been delayed as a result of the state of emergency that was declared during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. "I think postponing them a year was unavoidable, but I think that many Japanese now live every day with both expectations and worry about whether the Olympics can really be held," said Shimbo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 07, 2021
Akihiro Takahashi, 34, an owner and chef of a Japanese restaurant, poses for a portrait while visiting...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Akihiro Takahashi, 34, an owner and chef of a Japanese restaurant, poses for a portrait while visiting Koganeyu Coin Laundry, a laundrette in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2021. Takahashi would like the Games to take place but not this year. He worries about the health risks from foreign athletes and officials entering Japan, and mourns the overseas tourists who would have packed his Japanese restaurant in a usual Olympics year. "I think it may be hard for Japanese people to be pleased about these Games in their hearts," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 05, 2021
Mirei Sakai, 73, a pensioner and former caretaker for people with disabilities, poses for a portrait...
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The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Mirei Sakai, 73, a pensioner and former caretaker for people with disabilities, poses for a portrait as she visits the Sugamo district, an area popular with the Japanese elderly, in Tokyo, Japan, May 5, 2021. Sakai is adamant the Games should be called off. "The pandemic is a terrible situation all over the world right now. In the middle of this, you'd invite foreigners over here," she said. "I feel sorry for the athletes, but it's unavoidable." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 05, 2021
Toshihiko Osawa, 67, the third-generation owner of the traditional sweet shop "Kintaro Ame" poses for...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: From the streets of Tokyo, 22 residents weigh up the Olympic Games
Toshihiko Osawa, 67, the third-generation owner of the traditional sweet shop "Kintaro Ame" poses for a photograph at his shop in Tokyo, Japan, May 5, 2021. "If there aren't any spectators, there won't be as much tension and thrill for the athletes," said Osawa. "To have spectators and have everybody yelling is nicer." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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