The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will go ahead this summer despite concern over rising coronavirus cases, says Japan's prime minister.
The Olympics are due to begin on 23 July with the Paralympics following a month later from 24 August, reports the BBC.
Cases have surged in Japan in recent days with Tokyo reporting over 1,000 daily infections for the first time.
But prime minister Yoshihide Suga said the "Games will be held this summer" and be "safe and secure".
Japan is responding to cases of the new variant of coronavirus first found in the UK, with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike warning the number of infections could "explode".
There were a record 1,337 cases in Tokyo on 31 December with 783 new infections announced on Friday.
Japan has recorded 239,041 coronavirus cases and 3,337 deaths during the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.