Over 70 percent of Japanese want the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or delayed as the pandemic rolls on, a poll showed, just over 100 days ahead of the start of the Games.
The survey showed 39 percent want the Games scrapped, while 33 percent favor another delay. Only 24 percent of respondents want the world’s largest sporting event to go ahead as scheduled.
Tokyo on April 12 began a month-long period of quasi-emergency measures to blunt a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by virulent mutant strains.
More than 93 percent of respondents felt anxiety about the resurgence of infections, the survey conducted from April 10 to 12 showed.
While vaccination shots for people aged 65 and above began at some 120 sites across the country, the imported doses are still in short supply and the pace of inoculations is unlikely to stop the latest wave of infections.
Some 60 percent were dissatisfied with Japan’s progress on vaccinations.