Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to forge forward with preparations to carry the Tokyo Olympics, within the face of rising public opposition as Japan battles a surge in coronavirus infections.
Kono’s feedback added gas to the fireplace after current media polls confirmed near 80 per cent of Japanese consider the Olympics, already postponed by a 12 months due to the pandemic, must be delayed once more or cancelled fully.
“We are going to press forward with preparations, with dedication of constructing watertight anti-infection measures and holding an occasion that may convey hope and braveness to the world,” Suga stated in a coverage speech initially of a daily parliament session.
Japan has been much less severely hit by the pandemic than many different superior economies, however the current surge in circumstances spurred it to shut its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and main cities.
Suga’s help scores have tumbled as critics have described the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic as too gradual and inconsistent.