Japan expanded quasi-emergency measures to a group of regions – including the cities of Tokyo and Osaka – on Friday as a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases spreads, casting more doubt on whether the Summer Olympics can be held in Tokyo in less than 100 days.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Beijing “lodged solemn representations” with the US and Japan over a statement by top officials from both countries, describing it as malicious attack on China’s foreign policy.
Japan is considering limiting spectators for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics to 50 percent of venue capacity due to risks posed by the spread of COVID-19, the Sankei newspaper reported on Sunday.
Japan has decided to stage this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators due to concern among the Japanese public about COVID-19, Kyodo News said on Tuesday, citing officials with knowledge of the matter.
An overwhelming majority of Japanese said they were “interested in the Olympics”, although 58 percent said they did not want them to be held this year because of fears over COVID-19, a Yomiuri daily poll showed on Wednesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the expansion of political and economic relations with Japan, saying that constant cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo signifies their resolve to ensure international stability and security.
The Government of Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a funding agreement for a project to promote the sustainable development of the tuna value chain in the Chabahar region of Iran.