Not even a quarter of Japan is looking forward to holding the Olympics next summer: poll

Japan Times -- Jul 20
Only 23.9 percent of people in Japan are in favor of holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next summer as scheduled and over half are dissatisfied with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's response to the novel coronavirus, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

With the world engulfed by the pandemic for months, 36.4 percent of respondents to the nationwide opinion poll think the Summer Games should be postponed again and 33.7 percent say they should be canceled.

With about a year until the Olympics begin, 75.3 percent of those backing either a another delay or a cancellation believe the virus cannot be contained anytime soon.

That was followed by 12.7 percent who said the government should put priority on its fight against the spread of the virus in Japan and 5.9 percent citing rising costs to host the sporting extravaganza.

The Tokyo Games' organizers and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to simplify the rescheduled event, now due to kick off July 23 next year, to ensure safety from the virus.

As for what could be done to downsize the games, 44.1 percent said they should be held without spectators or with limited numbers at each venue.

The thee-day telephone survey from Friday found 59.1 percent are discontent with the government's handling of the pandemic.

While the approval rate for Abe's Cabinet stood at 38.8 percent, compared with 36.7 percent about a month ago, it found that 66.4 percent think the government should declare another state of emergency in response to a recent surge in infections in Tokyo and elsewhere.

- Japan Times