A new survey shows that about 60 percent of Japanese want to cancel the already delayed Tokyo Games.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that he had never “put the Olympics first”, with opinion polls showing that nearly 60 percent of Japanese want the Olympics to be canceled less than three months before they start.
There is Japan The state of emergency in Tokyo has been extended until the end of May And fighting to intensify the COVID-19 case raises further questions about whether the game should be. Its vaccination rate is the lowest among rich countries.
International Olympic officials, Tokyo planners and Suga herself have insisted that .4 15.4 billion events will move forward in a “safe and secure” way. Foreign visitors have been banned And planners issued a comprehensive playbook of regulations last month aimed at preventing coronavirus infections.
However, a poll conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun between May 9 and 9 found that 59 percent wanted to cancel the games, compared to only 39 percent who said they would go ahead. Already there was no option to postpone the event a year late.
Another poll conducted over the weekend by TBS News found that 655 per cent wanted to cancel or postpone games, 337 per cent called for scrapping the vote completely and 26 per cent called for other delays.
In the five days since the game was launched, more than 300,000 people have signed a petition to cancel the games.
As many as 100 anti-Olympic protesters marched in front of Tokyo’s National Stadium on Sunday, protesting against the event.
Demonstrators resisted their anger at the Tokyo organizers and the IOC, even as the COVID-19 incident escalated to move forward with the games.
“I was surprised that the number of people protesting against the Olympics had increased so much,” Kumiko Suto, an employee of the publishing house, told the Associated Press. “But I guess that reflects how bad the coronavirus situation is. And yet the Olympics are endless. I’m just speechless.
Asked at a parliamentary committee meeting whether the games would continue even if the coronavirus case continued, Suga replied: “I never won first place in the Olympics.”
“My priority is to protect the lives and health of the Japanese people. We must first stop the spread of the virus, ”he added
He reiterated that the IOC has a final say on the fate of the Games and the government should take safe steps so that the event can be held safely.
The TBS survey found that the public approval rate for sugar was close to 40, below the record set earlier this year.
Top Olympic official John Coates said on Saturday that while the Japanese ‘perception of the Games was “worrying”, he could not see any situation under which sports could not move forward.
But on Sunday, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka said she had waited her entire life to take part in the Olympics, and that the risks of the Tokyo Games should be discussed carefully.
The games will open on July 23 and run until August 8.