— Published 17 May 2021

Polls remain in hot water

Tokyo

Days are passing by before the opening ceremony (D – 67 this Monday, May 17th), but the mistrust of the Japanese public towards the Tokyo Games does not show any slowdown. According to a survey conducted on Sunday, May 16th by the Kyodo News agency, 59.7% of Japanese people believe that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be cancelled. The opinion survey conducted by telephone with just under 2,000 people revealed that 25.2% of respondents believe that the Games should be held behind closed doors, while 12.6% are in favor of holding the event with a limited number of spectators. Not surprisingly, sanitary risks top the list of reasons given by those opposed to the event. As many as 87.7% of those surveyed said they feared that the massive influx of athletes, coaches and officials from abroad would cause a new outbreak of the virus. Another poll, conducted over the weekend by the daily Asahi Shimbun, showed even clearer-cut results. 43% of the respondents said they were in favor of a cancellation of the Games, while 40% wanted a new postponement.