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Japan decides not to allow overseas spectators to attend Tokyo Olympics

Nikkei, Asahi, and Yomiuri front-paged Japan’s informal decision not to allow foreign spectators to attend the Tokyo Olympics in order to make the international sporting event “safe and secure” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The GOJ, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, organizing committee, and other relevant authorities have decided to convene the Games without hosting overseas spectators given that the global public health crisis is still ongoing and vaccines have yet to be rolled out in many parts of the world. They are also reportedly afraid that the healthcare capacity in the nation’s capital may become overwhelmed if there is a resurgence of the virus as a result of an influx of international travelers especially at a time when new strains are spreading rapidly. Asahi added that the International Olympic Committee is requesting that international guests of corporate sponsors of the Games to be allowed to visit Japan to watch them.

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