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Only 23.9% in Japan look forward to Tokyo Olympics next summer: poll via Kyodo News

Tokyo-Only 23.9 percent of people in Japan are in favor of holding next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled, while more than half of the country’s populace are dissatisfied with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

As the world has been engulfed by the pandemic for months, 36.4 percent of respondents to the nationwide opinion poll think that the Summer Games should be postponed again, while 33.7 percent said they should be canceled.

With about one year until the scheduled opening of the Olympics, 75.3 percent of those backing either a further delay in the games or their cancelation believe the virus cannot be contained anytime soon.

That main reason was followed by 12.7 percent who said the government should put priority on its fight against the spread of the virus in Japan and 5.9 percent citing additional costs to host the sporting extravaganza.

The Tokyo Games’ organizers and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to simplify the rescheduled event, now due to kick off July 23 next year, to ensure safety from the virus.

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