“We are still working on this matter, listening to different points of view and considering appropriate recommendations. After that, we would like to temporarily lift the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus,” SID quoted Suju as saying.
The decision should be made on whether the organizers will accept at least domestic fans into the Olympics by the end of June. “Even at this time, baseball and soccer matches are being played with a certain number of fans and under strict measures to prevent the spread of infection,” Suga added. “I think we can deal with this situation.”
Less than two months before the start of the Olympics, Japan extended the state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures for another three weeks. The tightening measures for the spread of the Coronavirus, which were scheduled to expire on May 31, will remain in effect until June 20. The Olympics are scheduled to begin five weeks later, on July 23.
As part of the security measures, the government also wants to reduce the number of people who come to the country in connection with the games. “The number of visitors who should come to Japan in connection with the Olympics has so far been set at 59,000, and for the Paralympics at 19,000. We will request an additional reduction,” Suga said.
The Asian country is currently fighting the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic and lagging behind the number of vaccinated citizens compared to other industrialized countries. Hosting the Olympics continues to arouse strong opposition in Japan. In polls, 60 percent of respondents said canceling it poses a risk to the public and would mean a further increase in pressure on the country’s healthcare system.