TOKYO (AP) – Only three months before the postponed Olympics are set to open, Tokyo and Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area of Osaka have been placed under emergency orders to stemcoronavirus cases.
The measures, which take place during Japan’s “golden week”period, are meant to limit travel and keep people out of public places. They will end on May 11, just ahead of a widely reported .
Bach said thisthat the visit, reported for May 17-18, is still in the “planning phase.” But Bach’s presence was immediately criticized by opposition lawmakers who say the Olympics are being prioritized ahead of public safety.
“Japan should decide itspolicies. There is no reason we should be told by Mr. Bach what to do,” said Yuichiro Tamaki, the head of the Democratic Party for the People.
Bach said the duration of the state of emergency had nothing to do with his planned visit to the city, where he would greet the. Hiroshima was destroyed in 1945 by the American detonation of an atomic bomb over the city and is a favorite backdrop for visiting politicians and dignitaries.
“This (state of emergency) is absolutely in line with the overall policy of the government,” Bach said. “But it is not related to the. It is related to the golden week.”
Japan’s third state of emergency is to include shutdown orders for bars, department stores, malls,, theaters, and museums. Even restaurants that do not serve alcohol are being asked to close early, as well as . Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.
“I hope that the situation is going be better as soon as possible,” Seiko Hashimoto, the organizing committee president, said Friday in an online briefing.
Japan has attributed about 10,000, which is good by global standards but poor by standards in Asia. It has vaccinated less than 1% of the population and has not enforced have again accelerated. would continue during the emergency period without fans. The Olympics open on July 23.
She was asked again if there were any plans to cancel the Olympics. The question had disappeared at briefings but has surfaced again in the.
“As the organizing committee, we are not thinking about cancellation,” Hashimoto said.
The IOC gets almost 75% of its income from selling television rights and has seen that cash flow stalled by the postponement. The games must happen, followed in six months by the boycott-threatened Beijing Winter Olympics.
Tokyo is officially spending $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics, with several government audits suggesting the number is much larger.
The IOC and organizers hope to silence more cancellation questionsby rolling out the second edition of the “Playbooks,” guides that explain how the Olympics can be held safely in a pandemic.
The first edition rolled out in February was vague. Next week promises to offer more details and is likely to include requirements that 15,400in Japan.
The IOC hasare not required to participate in the Olympics, but it has encouraged all athletes to be vaccinated.
The Playbooks are not expected to decide on venue capacities nor if any. .
Hashimoto, who participated in sevenand won a bronze medal in speedskating at the 1992 Albertville Games, has been open about her concerns. Between 70-80% of the Japanese public polled say should not go on.
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