Tokyo’s Olympic fears give way to acceptance, to a point

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TOKYO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics began during a rising number of coronavirus cases, the majority of the host nation were in opposition. Japanese Emperor Naruhito dropped the word “celebrating” from his opening declaration of welcome. But once the Games began and local media switched to covering Japanese athletes’ “medal rush,” many were won over. They watched TV to cheer on Japanese athletes in an Olympics that ended Sunday with a record 58 medals, including 27 gold, for the home nation. 

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