Seiko Hashimoto (seated, L), head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, and Japan's Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa (seated, R) are pictured in Tokyo on June 21, 2021, during five-party talks on the spectator cap for the games amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons attended the meeting remotely. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000 people per venue

TOKYO - The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizers on Monday agreed to allow up to 10,000 spectators to enter each games venue, provided the number does not exceed 50 percent of a venue's capacity.

During an online meeting, representatives of five organizing bodies, including International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, finalized a policy on spectator limits, having already barred people from overseas.


Japan's COVID-19 vaccinations for under-65s get into full swing

TOKYO - Japan's COVID-19 vaccination program for people aged under 65 got into full swing Monday as universities and government ministries and agencies joined companies in launching on-site inoculations.

With Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga aiming to complete vaccinations by November, the government has allowed companies and universities to launch their own inoculation programs for the under-65s.


No spectators at Tokyo Olympics possible under COVID emergency: Suga

TOKYO - Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Tokyo Olympics may be held without spectators if the COVID-19 situation in Japan worsens and he has to declare another state of emergency.

Suga has said he wants fans in the stands at the Olympics, set to begin July 23. Organizers including the government and the International Olympic Committee are set to make a decision later in the day on how many spectators to allow.


U.S., Japan, S. Korea agree to continue cooperation over N. Korea

SEOUL - U.S., Japanese and South Korean envoys agreed Monday to continue cooperating toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through early resumption of dialogue with North Korea, the South's Foreign Ministry said.

At the outset of their in-person meeting in Seoul, Sung Kim, the newly appointed U.S. special representative for North Korea, expressed hope for a positive response from the North following U.S. overtures for dialogue.


Hong Kong's Apple Daily could shutter in days: report

HONG KONG - Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily could be forced to shut within days as the Hong Kong government has frozen its assets under a sweeping national security law, Reuters news agency reported Monday.

The report quoted Mark Simon, an adviser to Jimmy Lai, founder of a media company that publishes the outspoken newspaper, as saying that the assets freeze has affected the daily's cash flow and closure could come in "a matter of days."


Golf: Matsuyama, Hoshino claim Tokyo Olympic berths for Japan

TOKYO - Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Rikuya Hoshino have qualified to play for Japan at this summer's Tokyo Games following the announcement of the latest men's world golf rankings on Sunday.

World No. 16 Matsuyama and No. 76 Hoshino receive automatic entry to the July 29 to Aug. 1 Olympic men's tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club north of Tokyo as the top two players from Japan.


Japan Foreign Minister Motegi to visit Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after he attends the Group of 20 foreign ministers' gathering in Italy next week, Foreign Ministry sources said Monday.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry is also coordinating his planned visits to the Central American and Caribbean countries of Guatemala, Cuba, Panama and Jamaica in mid-July, according to diplomatic sources.


Baseball: Ohtani hits MLB-leading 23rd homer in Angels loss

ANAHEIM, California - Shohei Ohtani hit his 23rd home run of the season Sunday and is now tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the MLB lead, but the Los Angeles Angels still lost 5-3 to the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings.

Ohtani tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning with a two-run homer off second-year pro Casey Mize, setting a career high for homers in a season in the series finale. It was the second time this season he has homered in three straight games.