Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that G7 leaders had agreed to support complete Olympic Games, but dodged questions about whether there was any leader had brought up the possibility of postponement.
His comments come as there are concerns about whether the Olympics can tak place as planned now when the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic has brought business and social activity to a standstill and panic to financial markets in many countries.
In a video conference with other G7 leaders to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, PM. Abe said that Japan is doing everything by its best to prepare for the Olympic Games and they want to aim for a complete event to prove that mankind can defeat the new virus.
At this video conference, G7 leaders committed to doing whatever necessary to fight with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to working more closely in order to protect public health, jobs, and growth, as well as promised to address the health and economic risks.
Abe repeated the same line when pressed at whether there had been discussion of a postponement.
At a later news conference, Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto interpreted Abe’s comments that a complete Games means the event being held as planned, with spectators present.
However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also dodged questions about the timing of the event, repeating the stance of the government that it went on to work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo government on preparations.
Meanwhile, the result of a fresh domestic poll has showed that 63% of people across Japan believe the Olympics should be postponed and 23% said they should be held as scheduled.
The head of the French Olympic Committee said that the coronavirus pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane before the end of May for the Tokyo Olympic Games to take place on schedule.
The Olympics are planned to take place from July 24 to Aug. 9.