Major Japan Newspaper Asahi Calls For Olympic Cancellation

A security guard wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks in front of the Olympic Rings on May 9, 2021, in Tokyo. The Japanese government was quick to respond on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 to U.S. travel warning for Americans against traveling to Japan and denied impact on Olympic participants, as the country determinedly prepare to host the postponed games in two months. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

(AP) — Japan’s Asahi Shimbun has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. It is the first of Japan’s major newspapers to make the move and joins some regional newspapers which have run similar editorials. The newspaper is a sponsor of the postponed Olympics. The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23. Public opinion polls in Japan have shown between 60-80% want the Olympics canceled because of the pandemic. Organizers and the IOC say the games can be held safely with 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes entering Japan accompanied by tens of thousands of judges, officials, sponsors, broadcasters and media.


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