Tokyo Olympics Partner Asahi Daily Supports Game Cancellation

An official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics supported the call to cancel the games, citing risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on Wednesday, in an editorial, urged Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, “to calmly and objectively assess the situation and decide on the cancellation of the event this summer.”

“We ask Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga to calmly and objectively assess the situation and decide on the cancellation of the event this summer,” the paper said.

“We are far from a situation in which everybody can be confident they will be ‘safe and secure’,” it added.

Earlier polls showed that 83 percent of people in Japan wanted to cancel or postpone the Olympics as it may be the cause of the spread of the virus.

However, the paper said that it remained committed to being an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Games and that its editorial division had its independent mission.


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