US urges no travel to Japan as Olympic countdown ticks on

Nikkei -- May 25
The U.S. on Monday warned against all travel to Japan, noting "a very high level of COVID-19 in the country" less than two months before the long-delayed Summer Olympics are to open here.

The State Department raised its advisory from Level 3, or "reconsider travel," to Level 4, or "do not travel" -- its highest for overseas trips. Sri Lanka's advisory was also raised to Level 4.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government will decide as early as this weekend whether to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and other prefectures beyond the current end date of May 31 and into next month.

On whether the games can be held during a pandemic state of emergency, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee is emphatic that they can.

"The answer is absolutely yes," John Coates said at a remote press conference Friday. The World Health Organization has advised that the games can safely go on, thanks to measures being put in place, he said.

But the U.S. travel advisory and the the emergency extension cast further doubt on whether the games will go on as scheduled.

- Nikkei

アメリカ政府は新型コロナの感染状況を理由に、日本への渡航警戒レベルを最も厳しい「渡航中止」に引き上げました。  アメリカ国務省は24日、日本への渡航警戒レベルを4段階のうちの最も高い渡航中止に引き上げました。  アメリカのCDC(疾病対策センター)は「日本の状況ではワクチンの接種が完了している人でも変異ウイルスに感染するリスクがある」と指摘しています。  東京オリンピック開幕まで約2カ月を切ったタイミングでの引き上げに、ブルームバーグ通信は「日本政府にとってアメリカの決定は一層の打撃になる」と報じています。  「渡航中止」の勧告には法的な拘束力はなく、アメリカから日本への渡航は可能です。  CDCは渡航前にワクチンの接種を済ませるよう呼び掛けています。 - ANNnewsCH