A pedestrian sporting a face masks walks previous a banner selling the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games exterior the Tokyo Metropolitan Government constructing in Japan.
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SINGAPORE — There has been a lot debate over whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will probably be held in Japan later this 12 months, after being postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19.
Recent opinion polls present that the majority of individuals in Japan — about 80% of these surveyed — don’t want the Tokyo Olympics to be held this summer season. They worry that the inflow of athletes will unfold the virus much more, in accordance to Reuters.
Speculation was reignited final week after The Times in the U.Ok. reported, citing a supply, that the Japanese authorities had privately concluded the Games would have to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The authorities flatly denied the report, saying there was “no truth” to it.
Takeshi Niinami, chief govt of beverage large Suntory Holdings — who can be a outstanding financial advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — advised CNBC on Tuesday that some conditions have to be met for the Olympics to be held in Japan this 12 months.
“Those policies should be implemented (as soon as possible), so that we can … hold and host the Olympic Games,” Niinami stated.
Asked what conditions want to be met so as to restore confidence that the Olympics might be held as deliberate on July 23, he listed 4.
Japan has to curb the present Covid-19 unfold, together with asymptomatic circumstances, and quarantine them “stringently,” Niinami stated.
The nation has been severely hit by a latest resurgence of circumstances, and Tokyo and different main cities in the nation underneath a state of emergency.
People have to “agree to wear and get the contact-tracing devices through smartphones,” stated Niinami.
Japan launched a coronavirus smartphone contact-tracing app final June, which makes use of bluetooth alerts to detect contact with close by customers. If a consumer later assessments constructive, their contacts might be traced and notified.
While there have been privateness issues, in accordance to Japanese media Kyodo News, the authorities has reassured individuals the app doesn’t accumulate personally identifiable information.
The rollout of the vaccine has to begin from February as scheduled. “That is a must,” he stated.
The nation has to experiment holding massive occasions, comparable to skilled baseball video games, in accordance to Niinami.
Despite Japan’s denial that the Tokyo Olympics could be known as off, officers together with Niinami solid doubt in early January about whether or not the Games could be held.
Niinami advised Reuters he was uncertain whether or not the Olympics might be held as deliberate. Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, advised BBC he “can’t be certain” that the Games would go on “because the ongoing elephant in the room” could be a surge in the variety of coronavirus circumstances.