Almost 60 percent of the Japanese have spoken out in favor of canceling the Olympic Games in Tokyo in view of the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. This is according to a poll published this Sunday by the official Japanese news agency Kyodo News.
59.7 percent of those surveyed were in favor of canceling the event, while 25.2 percent were of the opinion that the Olympic Games could take place without an audience. Only 12.6 percent were in favor of holding the games with a “limited” number of viewers.
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organizers have decided to continue the event and are expected to make a decision in June on the number of spectators who can attend. Anyway, they have already banned foreign fans from attending.
The poll will take place approximately two months before the start of the Olympic Games, which are scheduled for July 23rd. The country’s capital and venue, Tokyo, is currently in a new state of emergency, which was extended to the end of this month last week after 542 new cases were recorded in the past few hours in the chain of Japanese public NHK.
Also on this Sunday it was announced that the Japanese government had decided to extend the state of emergency to the prefectures of Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima to a total of nine regions.
Opposition to the Games has increased as Japan tried to contain a fourth wave of the pandemic and people complained about the extremely slow pace of vaccine adoption. Only about 1 percent of the country’s 125 million people have been fully vaccinated since the vaccination campaign began in mid-February.
With that in mind, 85 percent of respondents believe that the coronavirus vaccine adoption has been slow in Japan, and 71.5 percent have expressed dissatisfaction with the Japanese government’s management of the pandemic.