The Japanese government is extending the state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country by three weeks. The state of emergency was due to expire on 31 May, but since the coronapandemic is still not decreasing less than two months before the start of the Olympic Games, it is now being extended until 20 June.
The Olympic Games are due to start on 23 July. Doctors, businessmen and other Japanese have called for the Games not to continue. Among other things, they are afraid that the arrival of athletes from around the world will lead to the emergence of new more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
In Japan, only 6% of the population have been shot and 2.5% have been fully vaccinated. As a result, Japan has the lowest rate of vaccination from the rich countries. According to the governments plans, around 30% of the Japanese were vaccinated at the start of the Olympic Games.
immediate reason for the extension of the emergency state is that a record number of covid patients are on the ICs. The number of infections is decreasing somewhat, but the government fears that it will increase again in the coming period, especially in Tokyo and Osaka.
The Japanese Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee assure that strict measures allow the Games to proceed safely. President Hashimoto of the Japanese Committee announced today that India and five other countries send only fully vaccinated athletes.
The Dutch sports dome NOC*NSF offers everyone who travels to Japan the opportunity to get vaccinated, but does not require that. Not everyone makes use of this.
President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee yesterday called on all athletes to get vaccinated. According to him, 80 percent of all over 10,000 athletes will be fully vaccinated on 23 July. All participants of the Games must also be tested before going to Japan. In Japan they live in a bubble and when they are finished they must leave the country within two days. Foreign public is not allowed.
The state of emergency gives local authorities additional powers to take action against the spread of the coronavirus, but Japan is not in lockdown. The most important restrictive measure is that cafes and restaurants serving alcohol are closed and other restaurants must close at 20.00. But, for example, the trains are packed old-fashioned.