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    Major Japan Newspaper Calls for Olympic Games Cancellation: Asahi Shimbun

    With the Tokyo Olympic Games set to open in less than two months, there is still a lot of criticism of if it should happen. On Wednesday, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper called for the entire event to be canceled. It is the first major newspaper in Japan to speak out and join some regional papers that have been in opposition to hosting the Games.

    Publicly being against the Olympics can have significant effects as the newspaper is a sponsor of the Tokyo Games. Usually, Asahi is liberal-leaning and will often oppose the ruling party currently led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. 

    In the newspaper its headline was “We Demand PM Suga Decide Cancellation” and under the headline said, “We cannot think it’s rational to host the Olympics in the city this summer.” Asahi’s newspaper has a morning circulation reported at 5.16 million and 1.55 million for the evening edition.

    Japan has spent $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics, but government audits hint it could be much greater. Public opinion polls in Japan have shown 60-80 per cent want the Olympics canceled because of the pandemic.

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