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Olympic rings float on the water in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Tokyo 2020: More than half of Japanese firms want the Olympics cancelled or postponed, survey says

  • Poll shows 56 per cent of firms want Games to be cancelled or postponed and 7.7 per cent say they should proceed in full form as scheduled
  • More than 70 per cent say cancelling or postponing Games won’t affect their earnings as further doubt is cast over the fate of the Tokyo Olympics

More than half of Japanese firms believe the Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed, a survey by think tank Tokyo Shoko Research showed on Monday, casting further doubt over the fate of the troubled Games.

Japan is struggling to contain the coronavirus and lags behind Western countries in rolling out vaccines, even as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to get conditions in place to host the once-postponed Summer Olympics from July 23.

The survey, conducted online from February 1-8 showed 56.0 per cent of the companies polled feel Japan should cancel or postpone the Games, up from 53.6 per cent in the previous survey in August.

Only 7.7 per cent of the firms surveyed said the Games should proceed in full form as scheduled this year, down from 22.5 per cent in the previous survey.

The Olympic rings in Tokyo, with the Games under increased doubt because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AP

Almost 20 per cent said the Games should be held with a limited number of spectators, while another 17 per cent said it should proceed with no spectators, the survey showed.

More than 70 per cent of firms said cancelling or postponing the Games would barely have any impact on their earnings.

The survey, which covered more than 11,000 firms, was conducted before Friday’s resignation of Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori over sexist remarks that left the Olympics searching for a chief five months from the opening ceremony.