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Olympics: Japanese government adviser sparks ire with tweet laughing off calls for cancellation

Kaetsu University professor Yoichi Takahashi likened the variety of coronavirus circumstances in Japan to “a ripple,” including: “so that you’re telling me folks wish to cancel the Olympics for this? lol lol.”

The tweet has garnered over 13,000 retweets since he posted it on Sunday.

“I can not imagine {that a} particular government adviser is an individual who would belittle the deaths of individuals simply to justify internet hosting the Olympic Games,” stated one Twitter person.

Japan has tried to reassure its public that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have been rescheduled for July 23-August 8 this 12 months, will be held amid a coronavirus pandemic.

With simply over 10,000 fatalities, Japan has suffered fewer deaths than different nations, however has lagged in rolling out its vaccine program and seen a surge in circumstances in latest weeks.

Takahashi, a former finance ministry bureaucrat, is thought to be near Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and met with him as not too long ago as per week in the past, in line with native media.

When requested about Takahashi’s feedback throughout a parliamentary listening to on Monday, Suga stated he “is not going to touch upon what Takahashi stated in his private capability.”

The Suga cupboard’s approval rankings dipped to a brand new low of 40% in line with a ballot performed by broadcaster JNN final week.

The identical ballot reveals 37% of respondents thought the Olympics ought to be canceled, 33% believed that the occasion ought to be held with restricted spectators, and 28% thought it ought to be postponed.

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