From Brussels, Belgium The European Union’s two top officials demonstrated their support for continuing the Tokyo Olympics. Their announcement was made despite the growing opposition to the event due to the impact of the pandemic. During a virtual EU-Japan summit, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga discussed with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.
The initial start date of the Tokyo Olympics was supposed to happen last year but was delayed by COVID-19. It is now scheduled to open on July 23 but around 60-80 per cent of the Japanese population want the Games canceled. Tokyo, Osaka, and other regions have all been under a state of emergency that will likely be extended past its May 31 expiration.
Von der Leyen said the EU has authorized more than 100 million doses of vaccines to be transported to Japan. She also explains that it shows the EU is supporting preparation for the Games as they “are looking forward to the Olympic Games.”
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