Japan: Weak Public Support For Olympics As Govt Prepares For The Games

Public support for holding the Olympic games this year in Tokyo has been decreasing as per the polls. Read below to find out more details.

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December 17, 2020

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The international Olympic committee and the government of Japan are determined to host the Tokyo Olympics but the public support for the games is not very strong in Japan. According to the reports, polls have revealed that a majority of the Japanese population does not want the games to go on because of the ongoing pandemic. Watch the news video below to find out more details:

Earlier this year, the coronavirus pandemic forced the Olympics to be postponed for the first time since the Second World War. As per the reports, the Tokyo Olympics will now commence on July 23, 2021. However, polls held by the National Broadcaster have revealed that 63% of the Japanese population either favour a second postponement or cancellation of the games altogether.

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Recently, there has been a surge in the COVID-19 cases in Japan which has made the government order for an early shutting down of bars and restaurants. Even though the governor of Toyko, Yuriko Koike, acknowledged the concerns, she made it clear that the Olympics cannot be cancelled under any circumstances. This decision was taken as cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would impact 2022 winter games in Beijing and 2024 summer games in Paris.

Japan is proceeding ahead with preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite the public sentiment against the games. To mark 100 days countdown to the recommencement of the Olympic torch relay, the ‘iconic’ Skytree in Tokyo was lit up in various colours. As per the reports, the budget of the postponed games has been pegged at approximately 2.8 billion dollars.

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Out of these 2.8 billion dollars, nearly a billion dollars have been earmarked for COVID-19 countermeasures. Reports have revealed that a vaccine against the coronavirus will not be made mandatory for visiting athletes and fans but they will be subjected to strict social distancing measures.

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