A senior Japanese ruling party said that canceling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo is an option if the coronovirus crisis becomes too severe, as the fourth wave of infection rises less than 100 days before the Games start planning .
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai said, “If it seems impossible to do more, we have to stop decisively.”
Canceling is “definitely” an option, Nikai said. “If the transition to the Olympics were to spread, what are the Olympics for?” she added.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, a prominent supporter of the party heavyweight takedown, is known for his outspoken comments, which many other ruling party lawmakers have avoided discussing the hot-button issue of possible cancellation.
The world’s largest sporting event has already been delayed by a year and is being held without an international audience.
Japan is reeling from growing coronovirus infections, the number in Tokyo is increasing after the government ends the state of emergency, and Osaka suffers a record number.
The government is moving forward with preparations to include social security measures and other restrictions for the games, starting on July 23, with the relay running backwards.
According to Kyodo News, Taro Kono, a popular minister in Japan’s vaccination campaign, said in a separate TV program, “We (the game) are possible in a way.” “Can happen without an audience,” he said.
Japan has little support for organizing the Games during the global pandemic. The “Olympics to be canceled” trended in Japan on Thursday with more than 35,000 tweets from users on Twitter.
“If this person says, the cancellation of the Olympics feels like a reality,” @marumaru_clm tweeted in reference to Nimai.
The Olympic organizer, Japan’s National Olympic Committee and the Government of Tokyo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The MPs’ comments raise alarm over the spread of infection by health experts and impose it on the medical system.
Japan’s top medical adviser, Shigeru Omi, admitted that the epidemic had entered a fourth wave, driven by mutant strains, in a magazine comment by Professor Hiroshi Nishura of Kyoto University, urging that the Olympics be postponed is.
Reacting to Nikki’s comments on Twitter, Akira Koike, an opposition legislator from the Japanese Communist Party, said the event was already “impossible” and the decision to cancel should be made “quickly”.
A senior official of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that canceling or postponing the Games would not do much harm to Japan’s economy, but would have a major impact on Tokyo’s service sector.
This story is published from a wire agency feed without modifications of the text.