Tokyo residents concerned about hosting Olympic Games
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated on Thursday his intention to hold the Games
As Tokyo woke up to its second state of emergency on Friday, many people believe it will be difficult, perhaps impossible, to host the Olympic Games safely.
The Japanese government and International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided in March to postpone the Olympics by a year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The global sports showpiece is now slated to start in less than 200 days and run from July 23 to Aug. 8.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated on Thursday his intention to hold the Games.
However, a December poll by public broadcaster NHK showed a third of Japanese residents want the Games to be scrapped due to fears an influx of foreign arrivals may cause a further spike in Covid-19 cases.
In the same poll, 31% of respondents favoured another delay, while only 27% said the Olympics should go ahead as scheduled.
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