Will the Tokyo Olympic Games be postponed again? Japanese government response

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January 13 According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato stressed in a reporter on the 13th that the Japanese government will continue to prepare for the hosting of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

According to reports, in response to the global epidemic of the coronavirus, there have been recent comments that the Tokyo Olympic Games may be postponed or suspended again.

In response, Kato Katsnobu said: “The schedule and venue of the game have been determined, and the relevant personnel are working hard to deal with it. I hope to do a good job in the epidemic response and prepare for it.”

In addition, Japanese Prime Minister Suga mentioned the Tokyo Olympics in a telephone conversation with Microsoft founder Bill Gates on the 12th, saying that “it will definitely be done”.

Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, said on the 12th that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games for another year was “absolutely impossible”.

In response to the reason, he pointed out that many of the staff of the Olympic Organizing Committee who played a central role in the relevant preparations were seconded from Tokyo and relevant provincial departments, and it was difficult to further extend the secondment time. He also stressed that “it is not a matter of money”.

Regarding whether the Tokyo Olympics will accept spectators from overseas, Yoshiro Mori said that he would pay careful attention to the epidemic, and expected to say, “I think it will be very difficult to make a judgment by February or March”.

According to the results of national public opinion recently implemented by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, the proportion of people who believe that the Tokyo Olympic Games “should be held this summer” is 14.1%, 44.8% “should be postponed” and 35.3% “should be suspended”

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