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More than half of the people want to cancel the Olympics Suga Yoshihide: I never put the Olympics in the first place

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Yoshihide Suga said: "My first task is to protect the lives and health of the Japanese people. The first thing we must do is to prevent the spread of coronavirus." He also reiterated that the International Olympic Committee holds the final decision-making power for the Tokyo Olympics. (Reuters)

A poll published on Monday (10th) in Japan showed that nearly 60% of Japanese want to cancel the Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized on the same day that he has never “put the Olympics first.” .

Reuters reported that now less than three months before the Tokyo Olympics, the coronavirus epidemic in Japan is still severe, and the country’s coronavirus vaccination rate is at a low level among developed countries, triggering discussions on whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held as scheduled.

The results of a poll conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun from May 7 to 9 showed that 59% of people advocated canceling the Olympics, and 39% said it should be held. The poll did not provide an option to “postpone” the Olympics.

According to another poll conducted by the Japan News Network (TBS News) over the weekend, 65% of the respondents wanted to cancel the Olympics or postpone it again, 37% advocated the cancellation of this year’s Olympics, and 28% asked for it to be postponed again.

A joint initiative to cancel the Olympics attracted more than 300,000 signatures in the first five days of its launch.

When Yoshihide Suga attended a meeting of a parliamentary committee on Monday and was asked whether the number of confirmed cases of covid-19 had surged and whether the Olympics should be held as scheduled, he replied, “I never put the Olympics first.”

Yoshihide Suga said: “My priority is to protect the lives and health of the Japanese people. The first thing we must do is to prevent the spread of coronavirus.” He also reiterated that the International Olympic Committee holds the final decision-making power of the Tokyo Olympics, and the Japanese government The role played is to make every effort to ensure the safe holding of the Olympic Games.

In order to flatten the curve of the epidemic, the Japanese government was forced to implement a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo for the third time, and decided on May 7 to extend the emergency period to May 31. This measure was originally scheduled to be implemented until May 11.

According to a poll conducted by Japan News Network, Yoshihide Suga’s approval rate is 40%, close to his lowest level earlier this year.

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