Staff members in protective clothing and masks stand by next to empty seats during a para-athletics test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 11, 2021.  Photo: AFP
Staff members in protective clothing and masks stand by next to empty seats during a para-athletics test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 11, 2021. Photo: AFP
Mercedes Hutton
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Tokyo Olympics: how much will the lack of tourists and ticket buyers cost Japan?

  • In a ‘normal’ year a surge of tourists could have helped Japan balance the projected US$3 billion bill for postponing the games – but that’s not going to happen
  • Now that spectators will not be allowed at Tokyo-area events, hundreds of millions of dollars more will be lost from missing ticket sales

Staff members in protective clothing and masks stand by next to empty seats during a para-athletics test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 11, 2021.  Photo: AFP
Staff members in protective clothing and masks stand by next to empty seats during a para-athletics test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 11, 2021. Photo: AFP
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