Survey finds 77% of Japanese think Olympics cannot be held next year


A wide-ranging survey conducted by the Japan News Network (JNN) found that 77% of those questioned said that the Tokyo Olympics "cannot be held" next year, it was announced on Monday.

The Tokyo 2020 Games, originally due to start this month, have already been delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As organizers plan the rearranged Games, questions remain over whether it is suitable, or possible, to host the Olympics in Japan next year.

Organizers have previously said they will look to "simplify" the Games next year to lower costs and reduce risks related to COVID-19.

However, in the JNN poll, conducted over the weekend and that mostly centered on Japanese politics, 77% of respondents said they think the Olympics "cannot be held" in 2021. They did not give a reason.

Just 17% said they thought it "can be held" next year.

In March, the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee made the unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021.

Since then, organizers have battled against an array of problems stemming from the postponement, including rising costs, athlete safety and securing the venues.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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"Survey finds 77% of Japanese know Olympics cannot be held next year" There, fixed that for you...

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Nope, you failed to understand the English.

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Is it the Olymipcs people are opposed too?, the inconvenience the tax dollars spent the stupidly hot time of year? There are so many reasons to oppose it. But if shops crank up their air conditioning open their doors as some bright bueuracrat suggested the whole of Tokyo will be utopia. Sorry Fuckashima might have got us the Olympics but there is nothing for you, how's those temporary houses going?

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Funny. 77% of Japanese nationals voted for Koike san.

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Survey finds 77% of Japanese think Olympics cannot be held next year

Survey finds 77% of Japanese realize Olympics cannot be held next year

There. I fixed it for you.

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i think it should have been put back to 2024 and the one planed for 2024 put back to 2028.

That would give 4 years to find a vaccine for Covid 19 and everyone to be inoculated.

Without a vaccine, such events like the Olympics could be strip back in number of events and smaller crowds watching.

Currently the USA is a very dangerous place due to Covid 19 not being handled/controlled properly there. Would anyone want to be in the same crowd as USA supporters come to the games ?

Or any from other countries that has rising daily death count from Covid 19.

Until a vaccine is found and handed out, the world could be face years of unknown.

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