Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP
Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP

Tokyo Olympics: ‘Japanese only’ signs spark outrage as sponsors count cost of spectator ban and Covid-19 state of emergency

  • Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu apologises and removes signs after uproar on social media, citing a misunderstanding over coronavirus safety measures
  • Meanwhile, a new state of emergency and a ban on spectators have hit sponsors already questioning whether association with the increasingly controversial event could hit their brands

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP
Japanese athletes compete in front of empty seats at the National Stadium in a test event for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AP
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