Protests call for Tokyo Olympics cancellation as Japan struggles with COVID-19

People take part in a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. With less than 3 months remaining until the Tokyo Olympics, a recent survey has indicated that around 60 percent of Japanese people do not want the Games to go ahead. Although it marks a drop in an earlier survey in which around 80 percent of people believed the Olympics and Paralympics should be cancelled or rescheduled, concern continues to linger in Japan over the feasibility of hosting such a huge event during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

A protester holds a banner saying ‘No Olympic in Tokyo 2020’ in Ginza area during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

A protester holds a placard during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Police officers keep watch as people take part in a protest against the hosting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo on May 17, 2021.

Demonstrators march through Ginza area during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

People take part in a protest against the hosting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo on May 17, 2021.

A protester holds a placard during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo.

Demonstrators march in Ginza area during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 17, 2021 in Tokyo.

People who are against the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to open in July, march around Tokyo’s National Stadium during an anti-Olympics demonstration Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Demonstrators march around the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics, during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 9, 2021 in Tokyo.

People who are against the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to open in July, march to protest around Tokyo’s National Stadium during an anti-Olympics demonstration Sunday, May 9, 2021.

A protester holds a placard saying during a protest against the Tokyo Olympics on May 9, 2021 in Tokyo.

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