— Published 16 February 2021

Mistrust wins the business world

Bad sign. After public opinion, Japanese mistrust of the Tokyo Games is now spreading to the business world. A survey conducted between February 1-8 (before Yoshiro Mori’s resignation) by Tokyo Shoko Research found that the majority of Japanese companies (56%) believe Japan should cancel or postpone the Summer Games. To the same question, they had been 53.6% to suggest a cancellation or postponement in a similar poll conducted last August. More spectacular: only 7.7% of the companies surveyed said that the Games should take place on the dates scheduled (July 23 to August 8, 2021). They were 22.5%, last August, to wish to see the Olympic and Paralympic event held in 2021. Business confidence plummets, with less than six months of the opening and six weeks of the start of the torch relay. Almost 20% of the 11 000 Japanese companies surveyed said the Games should be held with a limited number of spectators, while 17% believe they should be held behind closed doors.