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KYODO SURVEY: 80% OF JAPANESE WANT TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED

Around 80 percent of people in Japan believe the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, planned for the summer, should be canceled or rescheduled, a Kyodo News survey showed, with the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to cast a cloud over the sporting event.

The weekend telephone survey was conducted as Japan is struggling with a resurgence of infections that have increased the strain on the country's medical system.


In the poll, 35.3 percent called for the cancellation of the Tokyo Games, while 44.8 percent said the games should be put off again. The games were slated to take place last year but were rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The same survey showed the approval rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at 41.3 percent, down 9 percentage points from the previous survey in December, while the disapproval rate was 42.8 percent, four months after the start of the Suga administration.


The most commonly cited reason for disapproval was Suga's "lack of leadership" over the pandemic at 41.2 percent.



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