Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga assured this Monday that he has never put the Olympics before public health as the date of the event approaches and the population is increasingly opposed to its celebration.
The government recently extended the state of emergency in Tokyo to the end of May due to the increase in coronavirus cases. With a lower vaccination rate than many other industrialized countries, around 60 percent of the Japanese population opposed the Olympic Games scheduled for July.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) authorities, the Tokyo organization and Suga itself have insisted that the Games do not put anyone in danger. Foreigners are prohibited from attending the event and a plan has already been established to minimize contacts.
However, the polls show that a population is increasingly opposed to keeping them. Only 39 percent spoke out in favor of holding the event. More than 300,000 people have signed a document calling for the Olympic Games to be canceled.
Suga has defended himself, insisting that his priority is “to protect the life and health of the Japanese people”. “We must first prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” he told parliament, according to the newspaper “The Japan Times”.
The Japanese Prime Minister has stated that the final decision lies with the IOC. The games will take place between July 23rd and August 8th.