In Japan, the opposition of opinions continues – the population is against the Olympics, the authorities are determined to hold the most secure Olympic Games, Deutsche Welle reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga believes that the upcoming event against the backdrop of the pandemic will become a symbol of the unity of the entire planet. At a meeting with US President Joe Biden, he said: “Japan listens to and learns from the World Health Organization and experts.”
The Japanese authorities have repeatedly stated that the Olympics will be held with strict COVID-19 protocols for all participants. However, Japan is currently experiencing a brutal fourth wave of coronavirus. A state of emergency is in force in the capital and large cities, which, instead of the previously announced end on May 11, has been extended until the end of the month. And the discussions continue.
Toshihiro Nikai, general secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party, says: “In the event of a serious exacerbation of the epidemiological situation, the Games should not hesitate to cancel.” More than 270,000 people signed a petition to abolish them.
Polls show that 72% of Japanese want to postpone the Olympics. Of concern is the fact that only 2.2% of the population is vaccinated. However, health officials say there are 28 million doses of Pfizer as of the end of April, with another 24 million stored in freezers.