Holding the Tokyo Olympics this summer time can be a “suicide mission” because the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage around the globe, the pinnacle of Japan’s e-commerce large Rakuten has warned.
“It’s dangerous to host the big international event from all over the world,” CEO Hiroshi Mikitani stated in an interview with CNN.
“So, the risk is too big and… I’m against having the Tokyo Olympics this year,” Mikitani stated, describing the Games as “a suicide mission”.
On Friday, Japan prolonged a coronavirus state of emergency because the nation is battling a fourth wave of virus infections.
The surge has put stress on the nation’s healthcare system, with medical professionals repeatedly warning about shortages and burnout.
With simply over 10 weeks till the Games open on July 23, public opinion stays opposed, with most favouring an additional delay or cancellation.
On Friday, a petition to cancel the Tokyo Olympics with greater than 351,000 signatures was submitted to the town’s governor.
Mikitani, who has been crucial concerning the authorities’s dealing with of the pandemic and internet hosting the Tokyo Games this yr, stated it was not too late to scrap the occasion, saying: “Everything is possible.”
But organisers say they’ll safely maintain the Games because of virus countermeasures and level to a string of profitable current take a look at occasions, together with some that includes abroad athletes.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga additionally advised reporters on Friday: “It is possible to hold safe and secure Games. We want to firmly go ahead with preparations.”