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80% of Japanese say Tokyo Olympics should be called off or won’t happen

In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, a man and a woman walk past near the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba section in Tokyo (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, a man and a woman walk past near the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba section in Tokyo (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

More than 80% of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place.

The polls were conducted by the Japanese news agency Kyodo and TBS — the Tokyo Broadcasting System.

The results are bad news for Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee as they continue to say the postponed Olympics will open on July 23.

Tokyo is battling a surge of COVID-19 cases that prompted the national government last week to call a state of emergency. In declaring the emergency, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was confident the Olympics would be held.

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