TOKYO (Dispatches) - More than 70 percent of people in Japan want the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or delayed as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, a Kyodo News poll showed, just over 100 days ahead of the planned start of the Games.
The survey showed 39.2 percent want the Games scrapped, while 32.8 percent favor another delay. Only 24.5 percent of respondents want the world’s largest sporting event to go ahead as scheduled.
Tokyo on Monday began a month-long period of quasi-emergency measures to blunt a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by virulent mutant strains.
More than 92.6 percent of respondents felt anxiety about the resurgence of infections, the Kyodo survey conducted from April 10 to 12 showed.
109-Year-Old Kagawa Becomes World’s Oldest Olympic Torch Bearer
Shigeko Kagawa, a 109-year-old woman, has become the oldest Olympic torch bearer after she took part in the Tokyo Olympic torch relay in Nara Prefecture on Monday.
Kagawa, who was born in 1911, took the record from Aida Mendes of Brazil who walked with the Rio Olympic torch in Macapa, Brazil when she was 107 years old in June 2016.
Kagawa is the second centenarian to attend the Olympic torch relay since it started on March 25. Shitsui Hakoishi, a 104-year-old barber, carried the flame in the rain on March 28, 2021, in Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture.
But the world record is expected to fall next month when Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest living citizen, is set to carry the Olympic torch.
Tanaka, 117, is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person in the world and was already Japan’s senior citizen.
She is due to carry the flame when it passes through Shime in Fukuoka Prefecture on May 12.