Most Japanese do not want foreign fans at the Olympics

Most of the Japanese population is not keen on the arrival of foreign fans at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, according to a poll. At the end of this month it will be clear whether they will be admitted.

Some 77 percent of the Japanese oppose the arrival of foreign spectators to the Games in Tokyo, according to a poll by the Japanese newspaper. Yomiuri Shimbun. Only 18 percent of the respondents are in favor.

Postpone again?

Another poll by the Kyodo news agency in January found that about 80 percent of Japan’s population believe the Games should be canceled or postponed. Just over 35 percent of respondents want them to cancel, while nearly 45 percent are in favor of a second postponement. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed by a year due to the corona pandemic and are now scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The newspaper wrote last week Mainichi still based on anonymous sources that the Japanese government does not intend to admit foreign sports fans this summer. The government would now investigate whether supporters are allowed to visit the stadiums and whether there should be a capacity limit for the arenas. Subsequently, the responsible minister Tamayo Marukawa announced that this must be decided at the end of this month.

“Safety has priority

Seiko Hashimoto, the new chairman of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, emphasized late last week that the security of Japanese citizens is a priority.

“We have to think very carefully about the mutants of the virus. Fear continues to reign in the population and as long as it exists we have to work hard on safety, ”she said. “Fans from other countries as well as those in Japan want to experience the Games up close, but that is only possible if safety is guaranteed.” (mah)

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