Over 350,000 signatures were garnered in a petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics, reflecting growing public opposition to the event as the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections happens in Japan.
A lawyer and former candidate for Tokyo governor Kenji Utsunomiya launched the online petition on May 5 titled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives” that garnered over 350,000 signatures in nine days.
“I think the Olympics this time is about whether we prioritize life or a ceremony and event called the Olympics,” Utsunomiya told reporters.
He also called on Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cancel the Games.
“The IOC holds the right to make a decision on whether to cancel, but Tokyo, as the host city, should urge the IOC to cancel,” he said.
The petition was also being sent to the IOC and International Paralympic Committee as well as local organizers and the national government.