Japan reacts to tennis star Naomi Osaka's protest in support of Black Lives Matter by Nevin Thompson 9/6/20

Naomi Osaka, Japan

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Following Osaka's announcement, tournament organizers announced a pause in play on Thursday, August 27, with play to resume on Friday, August 28. Osaka then announced she would rejoin the tournament, returning to the tennis court wearing a Black Lives Matter T‐shirt.

In a statement to multiple news outlets, Osaka said:

“As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. […] I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to my opponent. However, after my announcement and lengthy consultation with the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and USTA (United States Tennis Association), I have agreed at their request to play on Friday. They offered to postpone all matches until Friday and in my mind that brings more attention to the movement.”

Naomi Osaka, widely considered the top women’s tennis player in the world, is a Japanese citizen with both Japanese and Haitian heritage, who grew up in the United States speaking Japanese and Creole. In order to conform with Japanese citizenship requirements, which do not permit dual­ nationality, and represent Japan in the 2018 Olympics, Osaka relinquished American citizenship.

World Tourism Day 2020: Global community celebrates “Tourism and Rural Development”, 9/13/20

Tourism, NYC

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For the first time in the 40­year history of World Tourism Day, the official celebration will not be hosted by a single Member State of the United Nations specialized agency. Instead, nations from the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Chile joining with observer status) will serve as joint hosts. This co­hosting agreement exemplifies the spirit of international solidarity that runs through tourism and which UNWTO has recognized as essential for recovery.

World Tourism Day 2020 will once again be celebrated by UNWTO's Member States in all global regions as well as by cities and other destinations and by private sector organizations and individual tourists. It comes as communities in rural areas also struggle with the impacts of the COVID­19 pandemic. These communities are usually much less­prepared to deal with the short and longer­term impacts of the crisis. This is due to a number of factors, including their aging populations, lower income levels and the continuing ‘digital divide’.

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