The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP
The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP

Why is Suga so insistent on the Tokyo Olympics? It’s partly the threat of losing face to China

  • Analysts say the prime minister is keenly aware that if Japan postpones or cancels the event, Beijing is set to host the first post-pandemic Games with the 2022 Winter Olympics
  • Conservatives will see this as a ‘humiliation’, they say, with Suga’s position and political legacy on the line over the issue as well as his handling of Covid-19

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP
The Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of surging coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo: AP
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