Public support for the government of Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has plummeted to a record low, despite evidence that most people support the decision to go ahead with the Tokyo Olympics during the Tokyo pandemic. coronavirus.
Suga had hoped to enjoy the glow of the Games, which ended on Sunday, but support for his cabinet has fallen below 30% for the first time since he became prime minister last September, largely due to his response to the recent increased infections. .
Cabinet approval fell to 28% according to an Asahi Shimbun poll, three percentage points less than in the middle of last month, while 56% said the decision to host the Games, in which Japan won a record 58 medals , it had been the right thing to do.
But the results suggest that Suga’s bid for a “safe and secure” Olympics has not paid off, amid a surge in Covid-19 infections and new pressure on hospitals. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they “had no faith” in their approach to the pandemic.
While there is no evidence that athletes, officials and tens of thousands of other visitors related to the Olympics were directly responsible for the increase in cases, experts say that people were less attentive to anti-virus measures during the 16 days of sport. in the capital.
Hidemasa Nakamura, the Tokyo 2020 delivery officer, said the positivity rate among athletes and visitors related to the Olympics was 0.02%, proof, he added, that the Games had been held safely.
But during the same period, infections in Japan increased by 170,000, and Tokyo reported record daily cases.
Nobuhiko Okabe, a public health expert who advised the government on infection controls during the Games, said the “party atmosphere” had an “indirect impact” on the increase in cases. “The fact that people’s defenses are down poses a risk,” he said, according to Asahi.
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