Tokyo Olympics: Survey in Japan reveals over 80% against Summer Games

According to The Japan Times, this survey was conducted after a state of emergency was declared on Friday amid the fourth wave.

The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to open on July 23
By Aaryanshi Mohan | May 17, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Tokyo Olympics: A new survey regarding the Olympics shows 80% of Japanese people oppose hosting the Games. Many parts of the country are under a state of emergency due to rising cases of COVID-19. 

According to The Japan Times, this survey was conducted after a state of emergency was declared on Friday amid the fourth wave. This has put pressure on the country’s healthcare system. Medical professionals are creating a lot of warnings about supply shortage.

The survey found 43 per cent of the people wanted the Games to be cancelled. Another 40 per cent want a further postponement due to the coronavirus.

Only 14 per cent wanted the Games to be scheduled. This number has falled drastically from 28 percent recorded in another survey last month.

The survey of 1,527 people showed that if the Games do go ahead. 59 percent of people did not want spectators, 33 percent backed lower fan numbers. Just three per cent wanted regular capacity games.

The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to open on July 23, while the Paralympics begin on August 24. Tokyo is among nine prefectures currently under a state of emergency till May 31.

Protests against Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: During the International Olympic Committee (IOC) press conference, an anti-Tokyo Olympics protester unfurled a banner and repeated anti-Olympic messages. The man, identified as David O’Brien from Yahoo, asked the last question of the meeting to the IOC Executive Board.

He raise a banner to the camera. It read “No Olympics in Tokyo”, and repeated chants saying “no Olympics anywhere” and “fuck the Olympics.

“No Olympics anywhere,” he said.

Campaign group NOlympicsLA claimed responsibility for the protest and warned of more such protests in the future. The protestor was shut down by Mark Adams, the IOC’s Presidential spokesperson. The video of the incident was later deleted.



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