As Tokyo COVID cases resurface, Japanese Emperor Naruhito is ‘extremely concerned’ about the Olympics.
As the number of COVID-19 cases in the city rises, Japanese Emperor Naruhito is “very concerned” about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, according to the head of the Imperial Palace.
At a press conference, Yasuhiko Nishimura, the Imperial Household Agency’s grand steward, expressed the emperor’s worries.
“His Majesty is quite concerned about the current COVID-19 infection situation,” Nishimura added.
“While there are public concerns, I believe (the emperor) is concerned that staging the Olympics and Paralympics… may lead to the spread of infections.”
Despite the fact that the emperor has no political power and is merely a symbol of the state, Naruhito’s statements are widely revered, and the emperor has garnered popularity in the same way that his father did.
Nishimura also addressed the virus’s containment, encouraging organizers to “take all conceivable anti-virus measures so as not to promote the spread of diseases at the Olympics and Paralympics, where the emperor serves as Honorary Patron.”
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Despite warnings from scientists about the risk of infection and popular appeals for cancellation or extended postponement, the games will bring thousands of foreign athletes, officials, sponsors, and journalists to Japan during a pandemic.
The postponed events will begin on July 23, followed by the Paralympics a month later.
Despite public and public health experts’ worries, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is adamant about holding the Olympics.
Officials in Izumisano, a western Japan town hosting the nine-man Ugandan Olympic team for training, confirmed that a second member of the team had tested positive for the virus, adding to their alarm. The first, a coach, was discovered upon arrival in Tokyo on Saturday. The rest of the group has been sequestered in an Osaka hotel.
Suga lifted a third state of emergency in Tokyo, which had been in effect since late April, and replaced it with less-stringent regulations, such as limiting bar and restaurant hours. However, specialists indicated on Wednesday that diseases are already resurfacing in the Tokyo area and may worsen in the coming weeks.
Katsunobu Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary, downplayed the emperor’s worry, saying the grand steward stated “his personal thoughts.”
Naruhito, 61, expressed concern about the pandemic as well. This is a condensed version of the information.