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Tokyo Olympics D-30: Japan entering final stretch ahead of Games Updated: 2021-06-24 10:04:30 KST

Tokyo 2020's opening ceremony is now just thirty days away, but the COVID-19 situation in Japan has prompted the public and health experts to criticize the recent decision to allow spectators.

"But we can speculate the situation could fully change. If it does, we believe we will need to take immediate action, including barring spectators."

Attendances will be capped at 50 percent of venue capacity up to a maximum of 10-thousand people.
Organizers have also banned alcohol from the stadiums, and spectators are not allowed to shout or chant.
They will have to wear masks and go straight to the venues, then straight home afterward.
Despite the strict health and safety protocols, polls still show a majority of Japanese people oppose the Olympics.
Support for the Games has risen slightly, though, and cancellation is looking unlikely now that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has the support of U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders.

"It's a worldwide event so if it's going to be held, having no spectators is a little questionable. If it's going to be held, spectators should be allowed."

It's speculated Japan will go to great lengths to avoid a scenario where it fails to hold the Games only for regional rival China to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing just half a year later.
And according to Director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo, Jeff Kingston, who was quoted in the New York Times, another reason Japan cannot back out now is that the Games are closely tied to Prime Minister Suga's political fortunes.
Japan's national elections are approaching and a successful Olympics could give the leader a boost amid low popularity ratings.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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