0340 GMT February 28, 2021
The survey found 35.3 percent want the Games to be canceled and 44.8 percent favored another delay. The world’s biggest multi-sports event, postponed last year due to the pandemic, is scheduled to be held from July 23-Aug. 8 in the Japanese capital, Reuters reported.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the greater Tokyo region on Thursday and could extend the measure to other areas as Japan struggles to contain a surge in infections.
Suga has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic and his support rate has tumbled since he took office in September.
His cabinet’s approval rate slid nine points from a month earlier to 41.3 percent with the disapproval rate at 42.8 percent, the Kyodo survey showed.
About 79 percent said Suga’s decision to call the state of emergency for Tokyo came too late and 68 percent were dissatisfied with the government’s response to the pandemic, the survey found.