Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, the partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics called off the Summer Games in an editorial on Wednesday due to risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of the public poll is opposed to holding the Games this summer, concerning the 10,000 athletes and officials descended on a country which mostly remained closed to foreigners since last year and also due to the slow speed of proceeding vaccinations.
Doctor’s associations have been protesting for holding the Games, investors have talked up the benefits of shelving them and maverick businessman such as Masayoshi Son has also called for cancelling the Summer Games. That Asahi, who is Japan’s one of the most prestigious newspaper broke ranks with other partners in order to focus on the viability of the Games.
Further, the paper stated that they would ask Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga to calmly and objectively assess the situation and according to that decision on the cancellation of this event this summer.
The writings also added “We are far from a situation in which everybody can be confident they will be ‘safe and secure,'” invoking the government mantra about the Games. “Sadly, that is not the reality.”