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Kenji Jojima, a former professional baseball player, runs in the Tokyo Olympics torch relay in Sasebo, a city in southwestern Japan, on 8 May.

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Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Two months before the scheduled start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, COVID-19 cases are rising steeply in Japan while immunization is moving at a glacial pace. Only 1% of the population is fully vaccinated, a much lower fraction than in the United States, Europe, India, and China. That has led some to ask whether the Olympics should proceed, and others to urge an overhaul of the cumbersome immunization campaign

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