When the Tokyo Olympics began during a rising number of coronavirus cases, the majority of the host nation were in opposition.
Japan had its best Olympic production in every category at the just-completed Tokyo Olympics.
Naohisa Takato won judo gold medal on his home turf.
Japan picked up one gold medal and one silver medal in judo on Saturday, as Kosovo claimed the day's other awarded gold.
Hardly half a day passed before politics, the pandemic and blistering heat impacted events across the Tokyo Olympics.
The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic.
The Nippon Budokan simply feels like a special place, even to those who don’t understand the astounding amount of sports and music history that has occurred under its elegant roof.