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Japanese cabinet minister says Tokyo Olympics 'could go either way' as COVID-19 pandemic worsens Updated: 2021-01-18 05:01:01 KST

Uncertainty is growing over the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games,… as there's a chance it may not proceed amid surging COVID-19 cases around the world, including Japan.
In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Japanese cabinet minister, Taro Kono, admitted that the Tokyo Olympics "could go either way".
His comments, which acknowledge the possibility of the Games being cancelled, contradict the official government position and that of the organizing committee.
In response to Kono's remarks, the Japanese government denied such a possibility and insisted that the delayed Tokyo Olympics will take place as planned this summer.

On top of the growing uncertainty, public support for the Games has continued to tumble as well.
A recent survey by the Japanese broadcaster NHK, showed that almost 80 percent of respondents believe the Games should be postponed once again or even canceled completely.

Doubts over the Olympic Games are escalating,… as Japan continues to struggle with containing the pandemic, despite a state of emergency being declared in a total of 11 regions.
On Sunday, the number of hospitalized patients with severe symptoms hit a record high,… topping the 970 mark for the first time.
To make matters worse, the number of housebound patients is also soaring,… with Tokyo seeing a jump of 3,000 patients in one week.
Over the past 24 hours, Japan reported more than 5-thousand 700 cases, with their total now around 331-thousand.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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