Japan Lifts State of Emergency, Continues Debates Over Olympics Attendance; Asian Access Receives $1M Matching Gift to Help Gospel Outreach

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UPDATE: Up to 10,000 domestic fans will be allowed to attend events when the Tokyo Olympic Games open on July 23, the organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today.

Will there be any fans in the stands at next month’s Tokyo Olympics? Event organizers could announce their decision as early as today.

“Society continues to debate the overall situation, but it sounds like the government’s pretty committed to moving forward. They’ve invested a lot of money to see this happen; it will just be very different,” Joe Handley of Asian Access says.

Japan’s Prime Minister and other Olympics organizers want to allow up to 10,000 local fans into the stadiums. On Friday, Japan’s top COVID-19 adviser said holding the Games without spectators is the most effective way of reducing risk.

No foreign visitors will be attending. It sounds like they may [only] have the athletes come; the venues will be sparsely attended,” Handley says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray for boldness as Japanese believers continue reaching out to their neighbors in Christ’s name.
  • Pray for wisdom as leaders navigate constant change.