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Let the games begin! Despite a state of COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo and with only a 21% vaccination rate in Japan, the Olympic games began on July 23 with Japan's tennis phenom Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic flame. Osaka will be competing at the games; her first competition since she withdrew from Wimbledon in June citing mental health challenges. Last week Osaka became the first Black female athlete to be the cover model for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

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Japan or Nihon is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It borders the Sea of Japan to the west, and it extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); its five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the country's capital and largest city; other major cities include Osaka and Nagoya.