By Peter Brennan

Japan today declared a state of emergency to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence, the third since the pandemic began.

The measures in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, have so far failed to curb infections caused by a more contagious new variant of the virus.

Japan, with about 550,000 cases and fewer than 10,000 deaths, is better off than much of the world, though not so good when compared with other places in Asia.

Tokyo Olympic organizers and the government have repeated their determination to hold the July 23-Aug. 8 Games, while a majority of the public have supported canceling or further postponement. The surge in cases has caused a rerouting of the Olympic torch relay after its March 25 start in Fukushima.