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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Abe softens stance on full-scale Olympics to avoid cancellation

Japan looks to hold games even if vaccine isn't widely available

A cyclist rides past a large poster featuring Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot Miraitowa in Tokyo on June 4.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly vowed to hold the Olympics in a "complete form" next summer, but those ambitions are being tamped down as he hopes to avoid the worst-case scenario: a cancellation of the event.

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