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Canceling the Olympics is an option, senior Japan official says

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Bloomberg News4/15/2021 1:53 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Canceling the Olympics is an option, senior Japan official says
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A senior official in Japan’s ruling party indicated cancelling the Tokyo Olympics was an option as the country struggles with a surge in coronavirus cases less than 100 days before the Games are due to begin.

Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said that if it was determined to be impossible to hold the Olympics, they would have to be cancelled, in an interview with TV broadcaster TBS.

“What would be the point of an Olympics that spread the infection?” Nikai added. Nikai is a veteran political broker whose support for Yoshihide Suga was crucial to him becoming prime minister last year.

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