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Japan PM Suga bets his job on a successful Olympics

Japan PM Suga bets his job on a successful Olympics

Japan prime minister Yoshihide Suga will keep plugging away as long as he can, NHK reports. His job might depend on Summer Olympics’ success.

Thousands of athletes from around the world are hoping to compete this year in Tokyo. Following postponing of the international sports event, the fate of Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga also depends on Olympic Games. In other words, PM’s job hangs in the balance with his political fortunes buffeted continuously by the turbulence of the coronacrisis and the society’s reaction to it.

Despite stiff opposition from the public and medical experts, the government has decided to keep its promise and to hold the safe Olympics. Moreover, organisers have banned alcohol consumption in Olympic venues when sales have been restricted in and around Tokyo over concerns it would increase contact and mingling in bars has riled locals, too.

Over the months, Japan PM’s job has been made even harder by the arrogant attitude of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has insisted in recent weeks that the Summer Games should be cancelled again due to multiple reasons caused by the pandemic. In his efforts to bring the event to his country, Suga was buoyed by the unconditional support for the sports event by the other G7 leaders in Cornwall.