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Lagos, March 11, 2019 Lauritta Onye, a 2016 Paralympic short put gold medalist, on Monday said she would need more support from the sports community and corporate organisations to be in top form for the 2020 Paralympics Games in Tokyo.

Onye told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that there was need for her to participate in various International Paralympics Committee (IPC) organised qualifiers for the games.

She said lack of sponsorship had denied her the opportunity to take part in the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers held in 2018, adding that it was a dent on her target.

“The authorities and I have our parts to play in the buildups to the games.

“I believe have been living up to expectations, as I am keen on maintaining my record in the 2020 Paralympic Games.

“I need to be participating in various IPC qualifiers holding across the globe to get me adequately prepared for the games proper, but I have not featured in any as of now.

“Honestly, I am not happy with the situation of things but I have not allowed it to affect my training and commitment, being the reason I am keeping faith,” she said.

The track and field two time world record holder in F-40 class called on individuals and corporate bodies to assist her, through sponsorship to enable her go for the 2019 qualifiers holding in Switzerland later in the year.

According to her, it was necessary for the government to ensure that necessary buildup for the Tokyo 2020 Games were given priority, especially through participation in 2019 qualifiers.

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Dollar changes hands around 107.55 yen level in early trade in Tokyo

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The U.S. dollar changed hands around the 107.55 yen level in early deals in Tokyo on Tuesday.

As markets opened here, the dollar was quoted at 107.56-57 yen compared with 107.55-65 yen in New York and 107.52-53 yen at 5 p.m. on Monday in Tokyo.

The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1125-1126 dollars and 119.67-71 yen against 1.1130-1140 dollars and 119.76-86 yen in New York and 1.1148-1150 dollars and 119.87-91 yen in late Monday afternoon trade in Tokyo.

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Tokyo stocks open higher on solid lead from Wall Street overnight

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Tokyo stocks opened higher Tuesday as the market inherited a positive lead from Wall Street overnight on hopes eased coronavirus restrictions will lead to further economic activity.

As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 182.83 points, or 0.83 percent, from Monday to 22,245.22.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 12.06 points, or 0.77 percent, at 1,580.81.

Mining, bank, and iron and steel-linked issues comprised those that gained the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell.

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Dollar changes hands around 107.70 yen level in early trade in Tokyo

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The U.S. dollar changed hands around the 107.70 yen level in early deals in Tokyo on Monday.

As markets opened here, the dollar was quoted at 107.70-72 yen compared with 107.81-91 yen in New York and 107.20-21 yen at 5 p.m. on Friday in Tokyo.

The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1116-1116 dollars and 119.70-75 yen against 1.1104-1114 dollars and 119.74-84 yen in New York and 1.1105-1106 dollars and 119.05-09 yen in late Friday afternoon trade in Tokyo.

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Tokyo stocks open higher on hopes for economic revival

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Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday on increased expectations for an economic revival here as more coronavirus-linked businesses restrictions were eased for Tokyo.

As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 113.42 points, or 0.52 percent, from Friday to 21,991.31.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 3.88 points, or 0.25 percent, at 1,567.55.

Metal product, air transportation and securities house-linked issues comprised those that gained the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell.

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Japan gov’t rules out imminent return of emergency for Tokyo, Fukuoka over COVID-19

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The Japanese government has no immediate plan to reinstate a state of emergency for the capital of Tokyo and Fukuoka Prefecture despite an increase of COVID-19 cases in the two areas recently, Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday.

Nishimura, also minister in charge of the government’s response to the pandemic, told the public broadcaster NHK that he did not expect the number of new infections to rise quickly as Japan restarted its economy, adding that he would continue to monitor the situation closely.

The city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections, after a recent spike in new COVID-19 cases led to the government deploying its cluster response team to the city.

In Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan’s outbreak, the daily infection rate has been in double digits for several days since Tuesday when the government completely lifted the state of emergency.

According to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Sunday, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 35 to reach 16,912.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 910, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the cruise ship.

In Tokyo, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by five to reach 5,236, followed by Osaka Prefecture with 1,783 infections.

Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, has recorded 1,367 infections, Hokkaido 1,091 cases, Saitama 1,000, Chiba 902, while Fukuoka Prefecture has recorded 758 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures on Sunday.

The health ministry said there are currently a total of 120 patients considered severely ill and are on ventilators or in intensive care units.

The ministry also said that in total, 15,113 people, including 654 from the cruise ship, have been discharged from hospitals after their symptoms improved.

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Feature: Tokyo metropolitan area enters first weekend after state of emergency fully lifted

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People in the Japanese capital of Tokyo and neighboring prefectures on Saturday enjoyed their first weekend since a state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic was completely lifted, with department stores and restaurants reopening to welcome customers after closing for nearly two months.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido as the spread of infections of COVID-19 in these areas was under control, entirely ending the emergency in all of the country’s 47 prefectures.

In the popular shopping and entertainment area of Shibuya in central Tokyo, crowds were noticeably bigger on Saturday, with many people cautiously visiting restaurants and shops that have reopened for the first time in weeks.

Shoppers and staff were required to wear masks when entering department stores and other shops. Meanwhile, floor markings reminded people to maintain social distance.

A 50-year-old female customer who went shopping with her daughter said: “I don’t go out much because I’m worried about catching the coronavirus. However, I come to buy things today because it’s a rare weekend. I will take proper measures to prevent infection.”

A 27-year-old female passer-by told local media that she was going to have lunch at a friend’s house located in the Shibuya area. “I stayed at home for two months. As the number of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo continues to rise, I feel a bit uneasy. I will wash my hands frequently when I go out,” she said.

On Takeshita street, the epicenter of teen fashion and entertainment in Tokyo usually bustling with young people and tourists, fashion and other stores reopened. With many young people and their families coming to shop and walk, the street is lively again.

At a popular dessert shop which reopened after two months, staff provided free disinfectant and plastic gloves to costumers. A female costumer who came to the shop with her daughter said: “We haven’t gone shopping for a long time as required by the government. Today I feel happy after shopping.”

Tokyo will enter the “Second Phase” next Monday despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the capital, which will allow cinemas, sports gyms, cram schools and retail stores other than those selling daily necessities to restart.

In the second phase, as with the first, restaurants and bars will still be requested to not serve alcohol after 10 p.m.

According to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Saturday, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 45 to reach 16,878.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 907 people, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the cruise ship.

In Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan’s outbreak, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by 14 to reach 5,231, followed by Osaka Prefecture with 1,782 infections.

Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, has recorded 1,361 infections, Hokkaido 1,085 cases, Saitama 1,001, Chiba 901, while Hyogo Prefecture has recorded 699 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures on Saturday.

The health ministry said there are currently a total of 124 patients considered severely ill and are on ventilators or in intensive care units.

The ministry also said that in total, 14,406 people, including 654 from the cruise ship, have been discharged from hospitals after their symptoms improved.

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Tokyo to enter “2nd phase” of eased virus-linked restrictions despite uptick in COVID-19 cases

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The second phase of Tokyo easing its coronavirus-linked business activities will begin on Monday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday, despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the capital.

“I want the operators of those facilities to take thorough measures to prevent the spread of infection using this weekend,” Koike told a press conference on the matter.

She said that initial plans for the capital were for the second phase to be entered on Saturday, but the schedule has been pushed back to Monday to give businesses more time to implement anti-virus measures over the weekend, before reopening.

The businesses that will be allowed to reopen as the capital enters phase two, include cinemas, sports gyms, cram schools and retail stores other than those selling daily necessities.

In the second phase, as with the first, restaurants and bars will still be requested to not serve alcohol after 10:00 p.m. local time.

On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe completely lifted the state of emergency for the nation, with the five remaining prefectures still under restrictions, including Tokyo, being judged to have also controlled the spread of the virus.

According to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities Thursday evening, however, 22 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Tokyo, rising from 15 cases recorded a day earlier.

Prior to the state of emergency being lifted, the capital had seen the daily infection rate drop to as low as two.

Despite the rising cases in the capital, Koike doubled-down on the decision to further ease restrictions, saying Tokyo’s capacity to provide medical care is sufficient as the number of those with severe virus symptoms and those being treated in hospitals has declined.

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Roundup: Tokyo stocks close sharply higher on hopes for economic revivals

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Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Thursday, as the market mood continued to be buoyed by ongoing hopes for increased economic activity in countries where virus-linked restrictions have been eased.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 497.08 points, or 2.32 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 21,916.31, marking its highest closing level since Feb. 27.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 27.87 points, or 1.80 percent, higher at 1,577.34.

Trading got off to a bright start, local brokers said, tracking U.S. shares’ advances overnight, as expectations for an economic revival worldwide as more countries ease virus-related restrictions underpinned the market.

They added that in terms of Japan, the cabinet a day earlier approving a record supplementary budget to the tune of 31.91 trillion yen (296 billion U.S. dollars) for the fiscal year through next March to help mitigate the downside effects of the global pandemic, also fed into the market’s upbeat mood, underscored by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s pledge to “defend the economy against this once-in-a-century crisis.”

Rallies in U.S. and European markets and Japan’s stimulus are helping the market. As investors see a bottom-out in the economy, it is natural for them to buy cyclical and value stocks,” Seiki Orimi, senior strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, was quoted as saying.

Financial issues gained on expectations of increased business as global economies’ reopening begin to show fiscal results, with transportation issues extending their rally on hopes for increased patronage following Japan fully lifting its virus restrictions on Monday, market strategists here said.

In terms of individual issues finding favor, Nissan Motor accelerated 8.2 percent and Mitsubishi Motor gained 6.4 percent, after the two automakers, along with alliance partner Renault, announced a streamlining plan involving cost-cutting initiatives as part of the alliance’s revival.

Advertising giant Dentsu Group soared 16.4 percent, after reporting its net profit in the January-March quarter had returned to the black from hefty losses booked in the previous year.

Recruit Holdings climbed 7.0 percent, after announcing its group net profit for the fiscal year ended in March increased from a year earlier on a significant rise in revenue in the period.

By the close of play, iron and steel, bank and transportation equipment issues comprised those that gained the most, and issues that rose outpaced those that fell by 1,530 to 583 on the First Section, while 53 ended the day unchanged.

On the main section on Thursday, 2.087 billion shares changed hands, rising from Wednesday’s volume of 1.763 billion shares.

The turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week came to 3.381 trillion yen (31.384 billion U.S. dollars).

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Tokyo stocks close sharply higher on hopes for economic revivals

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Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Thursday, as the market mood continued to be buoyed by ongoing hopes for increased economic activity in countries where virus-linked restrictions have been eased.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 497.08 points, or 2.32 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 21,916.31, marking the highest closing level since Feb. 27.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 27.87 points, or 1.80 percent, higher at 1,577.34.

Iron and steel, bank and transportation equipment issues comprised those that gained the most by the close of play.

(XINHUA)

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