In the two days since Tokyo Online launched the Olympics, more than 230,000 people have signed a Japanese petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics because of growing public concerns about holding the exhibition during the pandemic.
With 11 weeks to go before the opening of the Olympics, due to the coronavirus that has been postponed to 2020, people are still questioning how Tokyo will host a global gathering while protecting volunteers, athletes, officials and the Japanese public from COVID-19.
The petition for “stopping the Tokyo Olympics” organized by Kenji Utsunomiya, a lawyer who has served as the governor of Tokyo for many times, has collected more than 230,000 signatures.
He told Reuters: “Japanese people tend not to express their opinions, but there are a lot of people speaking now. With overseas voices, I hope to cancel the Olympic Games now.
Game organizers and the Japanese government have repeatedly stated that this event needs to continue, in part because it marks the world has won the pandemic and has disclosed detailed COVID-19 agreements to participants.
However, due to the sluggish vaccination rate and the fourth wave of pressure on the Japanese medical system, Utsunomiya said that he received a call from an exhausted hospital staff on Friday morning, thanking him for postponing his participation in the Olympics.
Opinion polls found that the majority of the Japanese public opposed the Olympic Games that will open on July 23. Read more, many people in Tokyo on Friday expressed doubts about whether they should move on, and were wary of foreign tourists.
“It is ridiculous that we are hosting the Olympics under the COVID pandemic,” Kasumi Abiko, the 79-year-old kimono store owner, told Reuters.
“If we decide to cancel this decision now, Japan will be praised for making the right decision and will be remembered by history.”
The government has extended the state of emergency in the capital and three other regions until the end of May.
Several other residents of Tokyo are as worried as Abiko, including 84-year-old Yoshihiro Nagao, although he believes that in general, the Olympics should continue.
He said: “It is safer not to do this, but since we have gone so far, we all hope to go hand in hand and achieve success.”
In this spirit of cooperation, Pfizer (PFE.N) and its German partner BioNTech SE stated on Thursday that they have agreed to donate vaccines to vaccinate participants.
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