Japan "determined" to organize the Olympic Games "this summer"

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says his country is determined to bring coronavirus contaminations under control and to hold a “safe” Olympics this summer.

He wants to be reassuring. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday from the White House that his country was determined to curb coronavirus contaminations and to organize a “safe” Olympics this summer.

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“I told President (American Joe Biden) of my determination to organize the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer, as a symbol of world unity,” he said at a joint press conference with President Biden.

Japan suffers fourth wave of infections

These statements come three months before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8), which had been postponed for one year in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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As vaccination progresses at a snail’s pace in Japan (1.1 million people have received one dose in 126 million), the country is experiencing a fourth wave of infections that recently forced authorities to reimpose restrictions in several departments, including Tokyo.

This new outbreak of the coronavirus is currently disrupting the calendar of certain qualifying events for the Olympics, as well as the Olympic torch relay, which started on March 25.

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On Thursday, number two in Japan’s main ruling party, Toshihiro Nikai, even explained that the Games could be canceled as a last resort. Yoshihide Suga, therefore, wants to be much more optimistic.

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