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Will the Tokyo Olympics go on? Japanese citizens express concerns about the games – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

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Tokyo (AP) —Wednesday’s Asahi Shimbun in Japan called for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled within two months.

This is the first major newspaper in Japan to join several local newspapers that have recently been increasingly opposed to hosting the Olympics.

Opposition to the Olympics can be important, as newspapers, like many Japanese newspapers, sponsor the postponed Olympics, which kicks off on July 23.

“I don’t think it makes sense to host the Olympics in the city this summer,” the newspaper said in an editorial. “I urge Prime Minister Suga to cancel.”

“The distrust and opposition to the reckless government, the Tokyo government, and the Olympic stakeholders is only escalating,” the editorial added. “I urge Prime Minister Suga to calmly evaluate the situation and decide to cancel the summer event.”

Despite the editorial, there are no signs that the International Olympic Committee or local organizers have plans to unplug the game.

The Japanese government said on Tuesday that US warnings to avoid traveling to Japan would not affect the hosting of the Olympics.

Japan has officially spent $ 15.4 billion on hosting the Olympics, and the IOC has earned billions of dollars from the sale of broadcast rights.

According to Japanese polls, 60-80% want the Olympics to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Tokyo, Osaka, and other parts of the country are in emergencies that may be extended beyond the May 31st expiration date.

The organizers and the IOC said the game could be held safely with 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes participating in Japan and tens of thousands of additional judges, officers, sponsors, broadcasters and the media. Stated.

Last week, IOC Vice President John Coates was asked if the Olympics would be held if a state of emergency came into effect.

“Of course,” he replied.

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