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The Financial Express

Over half of Japan firms want Olympics cancelled or postponed, survey shows

| Updated: February 16, 2021 17:05:11


Women wearing face masks, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk near the Olympic rings in Pristina, Kosovo on February 13, 2021 — Reuters/Files Women wearing face masks, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk near the Olympic rings in Pristina, Kosovo on February 13, 2021 — Reuters/Files

Over half of Japanese firms believe the Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed, a survey by think tank Tokyo Shoko Research showed on Monday, casting further doubt over the fate of the troubled Games.

Japan is struggling to contain the coronavirus and lags behind western countries in rolling out vaccines, even as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to get conditions in place to host the once-postponed Summer Olympics from July 23.

The survey, conducted online on February 1-8, showed 56.0 per cent of the companies polled feel Japan should cancel or postpone the Games, up from 53.6 per cent in the previous survey in August.

Only 7.7 per cent of the firms surveyed said the Games should proceed in full form as scheduled this year, down from 22.5 per cent in the previous survey.

Nearly 20 per cent said the Games should be held with a limited number of spectators, while another 17 per cent said it should proceed with no spectators, the survey showed.

Over 70 per cent firms said cancelling or postponing the Games will barely have any impact on their earnings.

The survey, which covered over 11,000 firms, was conducted before Friday’s resignation of Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori over sexist remarks that left the Olympics searching for a chief five months from the opening ceremony.

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