IONALOrganizers plan to hold 2020 Olympics with spectators next summerBY RYUSEI TAKAHASHIIOC chief Thomas Bach’s first trip to Tokyo since the games were postponed in March comes amid a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.
BUSINESS / ECONOMYJapanese economy rebounds from record slump as pandemic pain easesBY YUKO TAKEO AND EMI URABEGross domestic product grew an annualized 21.4% in the three months through September from the previous quarter, expanding at the fastest clip since 1968.
WORLD / SCIENCE & HEALTHNoguchi among four astronauts bound for ISS on SpaceX launchThe launch was the first of what the U.S. hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring.
NATIONALSapporo residents to be asked to stay home amid virus surgeSapporo is expected to raise its alert for the pandemic to the fourth level, the second highest of the five on the prefecture’s coronavirus scale.
NATIONALHokkaido city calls in ‘Monster Wolf’ to scare off wild bearsBY ELAINE YU AND HISAKO UENOA mechanical wolf with fake fur, bared fangs and flashing red eyes is keeping residents and crops safe in the face of increasing encounters with bears.
WORLDDrugmaker Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine shows nearly 95% protectionVIDEO / NEWSSwing state voters look to the futureASIA PACIFIC | FOCUSHow a human rights angel lost her haloBY HANNAH BEECHWORLD / POLITICSBehind Trump’s yearslong effort to turn losing into winningBY JIM RUTENBERG AND NICK CORASANITINATIONAL / SOCIAL ISSUESJapan’s male babysitters battle stigma and stereotypesBY TOMOHIRO OSAKI