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Tokyo 2020 head acknowledges anti-Games petition

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The online campaign has made rounds on social media over the last week, reflecting how the public feel about the feasibility of the Olympic Games.

"We are working on creating a bubble, calculating the limiting of movement, not adding stress to local medical institutions, and listening to experts' opinions and adjusting accordingly (for the Games)," Hashimoto said.

Public opposition to the Games has been growing as Japan faces a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections just 10 weeks before the event.

Japan has added three more prefectures on Friday to join Tokyo, Osaka, and four other prefectures under a COVID-19 state of emergency until May 31.

Video Transcript

SEIKO HASHIMOTO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I acknowledge the anti-Olympics online petition that has so far received 350,000 signatures. Many people are skeptical if we can really hold the Tokyo Games under this situation and what purpose it would serve. I have received strong opinions like these, so I need to accept this genuinely.

SEIKO HASHIMOTO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: With people coming from abroad, a big concern among citizens is the variant strains and to what extent we can respond to this. And we are well aware of this concern. We are working on creating a bubble, calculating the limiting of movement, not adding stress to local medical institutions, and listening to expert opinions and adjusting accordingly.