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“The fact that we are late to vaccinate, it’s really dangerous to host the big international event“” Mikitani said in the interview, which was published on the CNN website.This is like a suicide mission,” he added.
With nearly two months remaining, Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency covering most of Japan’s major urban areas, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Suga announced on Friday that the measure will be expanded to include three more provinces.
Tokyo Olympics: Polls show 59% of Japanese want the Games to be canceled
Opinion polls have shown there is significant opposition to the idea of organizing the Games, which has already been delayed for a year during the pandemic. A survey published by the Yomiuri newspaper this week showed that 59% of respondents said the event should be canceled.
The number of people in serious condition in Japan due to the virus has reached its highest level since the start of the epidemic, at around 1,200. Meanwhile, only 3.2% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 54.1% in the UK and 46.8% in United State.
Tokyo Olympics: the athletes to be vaccinated, people are still worried
While most athletes are expected to be vaccinated before the Olympics, many people have expressed concern about the danger posed by the thousands of other people expected to arrive in Tokyo, which is set to begin on July 23.
Suga told reporters on Friday that the actions of foreign media covering the Olympics would be restricted and that the government would consider deporting those breaking the rules.
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