- With 10 weeks to go until the games, already postponed for a year due to Covid-19, 80 per cent of people want the games cancelled or postponed again
- Japan recently expanded a coronavirus state of emergency, as the country battles a fourth wave of infections
With just under 10 weeks until the Tokyo Olympics, a new poll published Monday showed that more than 80 per cent of people in Japan oppose hosting the virus-postponed games this year.
The latest survey comes after Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency Friday as the nation battles a fourth wave of virus infections.
The surge has put pressure on the country’s healthcare system, with medical professionals repeatedly warning about shortages and burnout.
The weekend survey by the daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun found 43 per cent of respondents want the Games cancelled, and 40 per cent want a further postponement.
Those figures are up from 35 per cent who backed cancellation in a survey by the paper a month ago, and 34 per cent who wanted a further delay.
Only 14 per cent support holding the Games this summer as scheduled, down from 28 per cent, according to the poll of 1,527 replies from 3,191 telephone calls.
If the Games do go ahead, 59 per cent of respondents said they want no spectators, with 33 per cent backing lower fan numbers and three per cent a regular capacity Games.
For months, polling has found a majority in Japan oppose holding the Games this summer.
Olympic organisers says tough anti-virus measures, including regular testing of athletes and a ban on overseas fans, will keep the Games safe.
Japan has seen a smaller virus outbreak than many countries, with fewer than 11,500 deaths so far. But the government has come under pressure for a comparatively slow vaccine rollout.