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Olympic spectators to be limited to 50% of capacity

Sunday’s Sankei wrote that the GOJ, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, and other relevant authorities are inclined to limit the number of spectators at the Games to 50% of full capacity or 20,000. The paper projected they will formally decide on the restriction in April, adding that if the COVID-19 situation improves in the run-up to the Games in July, more than 20,000 fans may be allowed to attend events at certain large stadiums and arenas, but the 50% cap will still be in place.


In a related story, Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that the GOJ has asked foreign governments around the world to limit the number of people accompanying heads of state, presidents, and prime ministers to the Tokyo Olympics to 12 in principle and those accompanying cabinet ministers to five. The GOJ plans to open the border to top foreign government officials so as to capitalize on their attendance at the opening or closing ceremonies to conduct in-person diplomacy. Foreign dignitaries will be exempted from quarantine requirements but will still be subject to PCR testing at ports of entry.

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