Toshihiro Nikai, a senior member of Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic party, does not deny the possibility of canceling the Tokyo Olympics.
The secretary general of the said party worries about the possibility of the COVID-19 situation worsening. Should the number of infected people continue to increase, the hosting of the Olympic Games will become problematic such that the government will have to cancel it.
In January, The Times published an article that states the Japanese government had decided to cancel the Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach denied this information.
Recently, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) officially announced that foreign spectators will not be allowed at the Games. Japanese research firm Nomura Research Institute estimates that the Japanese economy will lose about $1.4 billion due to this decision.
Nevertheless, a few days ago, the 100-day countdown to the start of the Tokyo Olympics took place at the Tokyo City Hall.
Edited by Aldo Tong