Tokyo governor takes time off due to fatigue before Olympics

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks to reporters after a meeting on COVID-19 vaccines at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office in Tokyo Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Koike needs rest due to severe fatigue and will take time off, officials at the Tokyo metropolitan government officials said Wednesday, just one month before the Olympics begin.

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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s governor will take time off to recover from severe fatigue, the metropolitan government said Wednesday, one month before the Olympics begin.

As the host city’s leader, Gov. Yuriko Koike has been deeply involved with preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics as well as leading the capital’s coronavirus response.

She often worked weekends and late at night on coronavirus measures and holding meetings with senior officials, and would speak briefly to reporters who waited to speak to her at the entrance of the metropolitan government building.

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At an online meeting related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, she apologized for her hoarse voice.

Japanese media including NHK public television reported Koike was hospitalized.

The Tokyo metropolitan government officials said they cannot confirm the report and only said Koike has severe fatigue requiring rest and will take time off from work through the end of the week. Deputy Gov. Mitsuchika Tarao is taking over Koike’s official duties while she rests, officials said.

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Wednesday marks one month before the Olympics open on July 23, and Koike’s absence comes just before campaigning begins for the Tokyo metropolitan assembly elections, in which she heads a local party, Tokyoites First.

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