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Japan Olympics minister aims for 'safe and full' games with fans

Hashimoto weighs mandatory masks, tracing apps and asking athletes to stay in

Japan's Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto speaks to Nikkei Asia on Oct. 20 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Strict rules for athletes and spectators are "necessary" to hold safe and secure games next summer, Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview.

Her remarks came as organizers are sorting out measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus during the Tokyo Games. They are considering rules that would restrict athletes from leaving limited areas including the Olympic Village and competition venues.

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