As Japan strains to control its galloping coronavirus outbreak, and to keep an Olympic bubble from bursting in the final days of the Games, the government is trying a new tactic: public shaming. (seattletimes.com)
In a rarely seen phenomenon in the simian world, a nine-year-old female known as Yakei has become the boss of a 677-strong troop of Japanese macaque monkeys at a nature reserve on the island of Kyushu in Japan. (taipeitimes.com)
In the final Olympic men's gymnastics contest, the host nation's Hashimoto Daiki took his second gold of the Games. (NHK)
A Belarusian sprinter who refused to return home from the Tokyo Olympics has told the Associated Press that officials from her country made it clear that she would face punishment if she did so. (NHK)
04 August 2021
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One of those times when an English mistake ends up expressing everyone's true feelings.

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Aug 2

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