Tokyo Olympics Poll: Dissent continues to grow in Japan as 60% people want Games cancelled, shows poll

Tokyo Olympics Poll: Dissent continues to grow in Japan as 60% people want Games cancelled, shows poll despite IOC and govt assurances
Tokyo Olympics Poll: Dissent continues to grow in Japan as 60% people want Games cancelled, shows poll despite IOC and govt assurances

Tokyo Olympics Poll: Japanese people are still nervous about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of the country wants the Summer Games cancelled even though Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga still assuring people. As per the latest poll, conducted by Kyodo News on Sunday, 59.7% said they want Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled as pressure mounts on the IOC and Japanese government. The games will begin on July 23.

The infections rate in Japan has continuously grown since March 2021. On May 15, 6,331 new cases COVID-19 cases were detected, up from 6,288 cases on Saturday. In Tokyo, although cases have fallen marginally, it is still the country’s most affected city with nearly 1,000 cases every day.

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Tokyo Olympics Poll: A total of 9 prefectures in Japan including Tokyo are currently under a state of emergency with movements restricted for citizens. As per the poll, conducted telephonically, Suga’s assurances seem to have little effect on people as nearly 60% are against the games. Among the 40%, who want the Tokyo Olympics to go on, around 25.2% of them want it to be held without any spectators while a minor 12.6% want it to go on with a limited number of crowd presence.

The poll shows the scepticism of Japanese people who are concerned that athletes, officials, support staff coming into Japan in thousands of numbers could further spread the virus, bringing in new variants of novel Coronavirus. While Japan has already placed travel bans on many countries including India due to emerging variants, government negotiations regarding athletes’ quarantine period have not gone down well. As per the latest poll, 90.3% are concerned about new variants.

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