Over 80 percent of Japanese Support Canceling or Postponing Tokyo Olympics

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Up to 83% of Japanese citizens support either canceling or postponing Tokyo Olympic Games that is scheduled to take place this year from July-August, according to the survey by Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun.

According to the poll, only 14% of respondents support hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while 43% are in favor of their cancellation and 40% – their postponement.

Around 73% of respondents presume that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his government will not be able to ensure the safety that they promised during the games. Among them, 53% support the Games’ cancellation, while 40% are in favor of their postponement. As for those who believe that ensuring safety during the event is possible, about 42% think that Japan should host the Games later.

The poll shows that the government’s popularity rating fell to 33%, while the share of those who criticize its policy increased to 47%.

The newspaper conducted the nationwide survey from May 15-16 via a phone interview of 1,527 eligible voters.

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