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Top coronavirus adviser voices displeasure with IOC leader’s latest visit to Japan

  • August 25, 2021
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All national papers took up remarks made at the Diet this morning by coronavirus taskforce subcommittee Chairman Omi concerning IOC President Bach’s trip to Tokyo for the Paralympics. “Why did he come again?” he was quoted as saying. “He already visited Ginza once during the last visit. Why can’t he join the opening ceremony remotely?” While clarifying that he was speaking as a layperson and not as a public health expert, the leading epidemiologist stressed that “common sense” dictates Bach’s participation should have been virtual. The papers added that the IOC chief draw heavy criticism for touring Ginza on Aug. 9 following the conclusion of the Olympics. 

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