Tokyo 2020: Japanese public support grows

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  • 50% of the respondents want the games to take place
  • 24% of the most recent Yomiuri Shimbun polls were in favor of limited viewing

According to a new poll by the Japanese-language newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, 50 percent of the Japanese public want the Tokyo Olympics to take place this summer.

So far, most national polls have shown that the Japanese public is opposed to hosting the Games this summer and instead supports another postponement or a complete cancellation.

With growing acceptance that the games will take place, the feedback on the Yomiuri Shimbun survey showed that 48 percent of those surveyed were in favor of rejecting it. Postponing the event was not offered as an option.

A month ago, the same media company found that 59 percent of respondents wanted the Games to be abolished, with only 39 percent in favor of the event going on as planned.

The apparent change in sentiment comes as the country sees the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections slow as its vaccination program ramps up. However, Japan is still lagging behind other developed nations in vaccinating its population as little more than ten percent have received a first dose.

Yomiuri Shimbun’s latest phone poll, conducted June 4-6, found that 26 percent of the 1,070 respondents want the games to be without an audience, while 24 percent would allow a limited number of fans to attend. However, the majority of respondents said that the measures to combat Covid-19 around the games are still inadequate.

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