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Over half in Japan oppose Olympics next year: Jiji Press poll

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)–More than half of people in Japan oppose the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games being held next summer, a Jiji Press survey for December has found.


The proportion of respondents who said that the Summer Games should be postponed to 2022 or later stood at 29.9 pct while 21.1 pct said the events should be canceled.


Among respondents in support of the Olympics and Paralympics being held next summer, 23.2 pct said that the games should take place with spectators while 20.0 pct said that no spectators should be allowed.


The Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed by one year to 2021 due to the global spread of the novel coronavirus.


Meanwhile, 61.2 pct of respondents positively evaluated Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s goal of achieving net zero domestic emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, significantly higher than the 14.1 pct who rated it negatively. The proportion of those who answered neither or they do not know stood at 24.7 pct.


The survey also showed that 34.0 pct expect a positive impact on Japan-U.S. relations from the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden while 10.6 pct foresee a negative effect. The share of respondents who answered neither or they do not know came to 55.4 pct.


The interview-based survey was conducted for four days to Monday, covering 2,000 people aged 18 or over in Japan. Valid replies came from 61.6 pct.

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