Rakuten Chairman Hiroshi Mikitani’s words are the strongest comment on the Tokyo Summer Games yet, albeit not the only one. Other major corporate heads have also spoken of the futility of organizing the Games this year. The epidemic is in full swing in Japan. A third close has just been entered.
Mikitani told reporters that he was trying to persuade the Japanese government to cancel the Tokyo Games, which are due to start on July 23. It also gave it a “two out of 10” rating for fighting the epidemic.
Organizing a major international event for the whole world is dangerous. Mikitani told CNN Business that the risk is very high. The benefits are not great and we can see that many countries are still facing great difficulties, including India and Brazil. It’s not time to celebrate, he added.
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When asked if he believed the Olympics were still reversible, he replied: “Everything is possible now. It will be difficult to keep the Games safe.
With the number of COVID-19 cases soaring, hundreds of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on the Japanese government to cancel the Olympics.
Speaking to CNBC on Thursday, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he is concerned for both Japan and other countries if the Tokyo Olympics go ahead as planned this summer.
A representative from Toyota, one of the main sponsors of this year’s Olympics, said earlier this week that he was “concerned” about the amount of hatred against the athletes.
“We were very concerned about reports that some people had targeted athletes who were frustrated with the current medical situation,” said John Nagata, Toyota’s chief of operations.
Toyota is one of the 15 global companies that make up the Olympic Partners Program. It has exclusive marketing rights for the Summer, Winter and Youth Olympic Games. Toyota joined the program in 2015.
“We were studying what we can do as a sponsor to help in this situation because we are really concerned about the situation,” Nagata added.
Japan recently extended its third state of emergency to deal with the epidemic, raising safety concerns for volunteers, athletes, officials and the Japanese public.
Meanwhile, the US track and field team announced on Wednesday that it had canceled a pre-Olympiad training camp in Japan due to the uncertainty surrounding the competition.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams on Wednesday assured reporters that plans to host full-game matches are being carried out despite growing public concern.
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