More than eighty percent of the Japanese think that the Olympic Games in Tokyo should be canceled or postponed

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More than Eighty percent of Japanese believe the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed amid a new spike in Covid-19 cases, with public opinion strongly opposed to hosting the Games for just 10 weeks before the start

  • A newspaper investigation in Japan has shown that there is massive opposition to organizing the Olympic Games
  • 43 percent think the Games in Tokyo should be canceled later this year
  • Another 40 percent are in favor of postponing the event for the second time
  • It comes amid a steady increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths in Japan
  • Organizers insist that the Olympics will continue with strict bio-safe measures

More than 80 percent of the Japanese public is against holding the Tokyo Olympics this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The results of the new survey, published less than 10 weeks before the Olympics begin, come as the country fought a fourth wave of viral infections.

The poll by the daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun found that 43 percent of respondents want to cancel the postponed 2020 Games, while 40 percent want it to be pushed back further.

A new study has shown that there is tremendous resistance among the Japanese public to host the Tokyo Olympics this year

A new study has shown that there is tremendous resistance among the Japanese public to host the Tokyo Olympics this year

Protesters are marching against the Olympics last week as public sentiment turns against the event

Protesters are marching against the Olympics last week as public sentiment turns against the event

This represents an increase from the respective figures of 35 percent for cancellation and 34 percent for postponement in a poll of the newspaper a month ago.

Only 14 percent support holding the Games as planned this summer, a 28 percent reduction. The poll saw 1,527 people respond from 3,191 phone calls.

If the Games, which begin on July 23, continue, 59 percent of those polled did not want spectators. Only three percent were in favor of a Games with locations at full capacity.

A separate Kyodo News poll released Sunday found that 59.7 percent are reversing cancellations, although they did not list procrastination as a choice.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo - already postponed from the summer of 2020 - start on July 23

The Olympic Games in Tokyo – already postponed from the summer of 2020 – start on July 23

A new survey found that more than 80 percent want the Olympics to be canceled or postponed

A new survey found that more than 80 percent want the Olympics to be canceled or postponed

And a petition launched last week to cancel the Games drew 350,000 signatures.

Olympic organizers are adamant that the Games go ahead as planned and believe that stringent antivirus measures such as regular athlete testing, bio-safe bubbles and a ban on foreign fans will keep things safe.

Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said: “Efforts will be made to make the Japanese people understand that the Games in Tokyo will be held in a safe manner.

A torchbearer takes part in the relay race at Hiroshima Peace Park on Monday as the run-up to the Games continues despite the proliferation of Covid-19 cases.

A torchbearer takes part in the relay race at Hiroshima Peace Park on Monday as the run-up to the Games continues despite the proliferation of Covid-19 cases.

‘We have to explain the details of the concrete [anti-Covid] measures. ‘

Japan has recorded 11,471 deaths and about 685,000 cases of Covid. The number has risen steadily in recent weeks amid the latest wave of infections.

The Japanese government has been criticized for the relatively slow introduction of vaccines.

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