Covid-19: Dissent grows against Tokyo 2020; 87% in survey say ‘no’ to Games

Majority of Japanese citizens are against the Tokyo Olympics

Dissent in the Japanese people is growing against hosting the Olympics in Tokyo from July 23 this year. A vast majority in Japan – 87.7% according to a recent survey – is saying no the Games this summer.

The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games are slated from July 23 to August 8. The Paralympics will take place in August 24 to September 5 this year. Over 80% of Japan, according to a survey report published by The Japan Times, is against hosting the Games on these schedules.

Only 14 per cent have supported holding the Games as scheduled. The number was 28% recorded in another survey last month. Over 43 per cent do not want the Games at all, while 40% are suggesting deferring the Olympic and wait for the Covid-19 situation to improve.

The survey had covered 1,527 people across Japan.

Tokyo is among nine prefectures currently under a state of emergency that will last until May 31 due to a surge in infections.

The situation in Japan is far from normal. Almost half of Japan’s 47 prefectures have reached Stage 4, the worst level on the government’s four-point scale, for the volume of weekly infection cases per 100,000 people, Kyodo News has reported.

People are also worried about participants coming from India and Brazil, where different mutants of the virus are wreaking havoc for more than a month.