80% of Japanese are against holding the Olympic Games
More than 80 percent of Japanese oppose Tokyo hosting the Summer Olympic Games postponed from 2020 to next summer due to the outbreak of the “Corona” virus; And that is less than 10 weeks before its launch date. The latest opinion poll comes after Japan extended the state of emergency last week, in light of its confrontation with the fourth wave of the virus. The rise in cases of “Covid-19” has put pressure on the health system; Meanwhile, doctors and health organizations complain of a lack of numbers and fatigue. In a survey by the daily “Asahi Shimbun”, 43 percent of respondents favor canceling the games, while 40 percent favor postponing. The number of those wishing to cancel rose from 35 percent last month to 43 percent. “I am between 80 percent,” Sumiko Usui, 74, told AFP in Tokyo. I think the Olympics should be postponed. Is it difficult to postpone it? ” Takahiro Yoshida (53 workers) also expressed his fear of holding the event, which calls for the arrival of thousands of athletes, officials and the media from outside the country, saying, “I support its organization, but it may be difficult when you look at the big picture.” The number of those wishing to hold the Games on its new date next July decreased from 28 percent to 14 percent, according to the newspaper’s survey, which included 1,527 people answering 3,191 phone calls. And if the games were to be held, 59 percent thought they were against the presence of fans in stadiums; While 33% stood with the reduction in the number, and 3% with games with a full audience. Concern about the spread of “Corona” For several months, polls concluded that the Japanese were against holding the Games next summer, and a separate poll, published by Kyodo News, showed 59.7 percent of the desire to cancel, although a further delay was not listed as an option. Olympic organizers believe that harsh measures to protect against the outbreak of the virus, including regular tests for athletes and a ban on foreign fans, will lead to safe games. But according to Kyodo, 87.7 percent of the respondents expressed their concern about the spread of the virus after the arrival of athletes and technical teams. In response to the polls, Katsunobu Kato, a government spokesman, said the government “will make efforts to make the Japanese people understand that the Tokyo Games will be held in a safe manner.” “We must provide explanations on the details of the concrete procedures,” Katsunobu Kato added, insisting that “the games will not impose additional pressures on medical services.” Japan is relatively less affected by the “Corona” virus compared to many other countries, with about 11,500 officially recorded deaths since January 2020; But medical experts warn that the hospital system is under great strain. The government has been under pressure over the policy of vaccination campaigns, with 85 percent in the Kyodo survey finding that vaccination is slow. While 71.5 percent expressed their concern about the government’s response to the pandemic. On Friday, anti-Olympic activists submitted a petition calling for the Games to be canceled. More than 352,000 people signed an online petition entitled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to Protect Our Lives,” launched in early May by Kenji Utsunomiya, an attorney and former candidate for governor of Tokyo. “The particularly high speed with which signatures were collected in Japan reflects public opinion,” Utsunomiya told reporters. “This time, the question is what are we prioritizing, life or a party and an event called the Olympics,” added Mutlaq petition. Through the petition, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was invited to urge the IOC to cancel the Games. The petition states, “The International Olympic Committee has the right to decide whether or not to cancel the Games. But Tokyo, as the host city, should urge the International Olympic Committee to cancel the Games. Several Japanese athletes, including golf player Hideki Matsuyama and tennis player Naomi Osaka, have expressed reservations in recent days about the viability of the Olympics in the midst of the pandemic.