While the state of emergency has been extended until June 20 in Japan, the Japanese Prime Minister explained on Friday that he wanted spectators to be present at the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). ” Even in a state of emergency, baseball and football matches take place (with audiences) with measures to prevent the spread of the virus. I think we can handle the situation using these examples », a déclaré Yoshihide Suga, quoted by the daily Yomiuri Shimbun.
Even if foreign spectators will not be able to come, the presence of Japanese citizens would therefore avoid a closed session in the stands. The prime minister said protecting the life and health of Japanese citizens would be a priority.
Suga is also seeking to further reduce the number of people linked to the Olympics who will join the archipelago. ” The number of expected visitors to Japan has been reduced to 59,000 for the Olympic Games and 19,000 for the Paralympic Games. We will ask for a further reduction Added the Japanese Prime Minister.