Medical Workers Protest on Twitter Against Tokyo Olympic Organizers’ Request for 500 Nurses

Medical workers backlashed after the request of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Japanese Nursing Association of 500 medical workers for the Tokyo Games 2020 amid pandemic.

On Wednesday, a hashtag has trended on Twitter, saying “we can’t have nurses dispatched to the Olympics.”

The Aichi Prefecture federation of Medical Worker’s Unions held a “Twitter demonstration” on the same day and tweeted that the Olympics should be the “focus” in the middle of a pandemic.

“Now is the time to focus on coronavirus countermeasures, not the Olympics,” said one of its tweets.

“The medical front has reached its limit. We do not have staff to spare for the Olympics,” it added.

The group also said that they were not “disposable pawns.”

The union of Osaka Prefectural Government employees and Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii have also reacted to the online protest.

Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto has confirmed the reports but he said that discussions were still ongoing and that organizers would strive to “come up with a feasible way of securing that many nurse resources”.

“One of the key assumptions is you should not deteriorate the service level in the local community by pulling out these nurses, and I have made this point very clear,” Muto told reporters.

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