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Tokyo Olympics Will Not Include Foreign Spectators

Tokyo Olympics Will Not Include Foreign Spectators

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Japan has moved forward with this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Because of the pandemic, the Olympics were postponed for a year but now are rescheduled and set to occur between July 23 to August 8, 2021, with the Paralympics hosted between August 24 to September 5, 2021.

The committee organizing the Tokyo Olympics has confirmed that they decided due to “factors including the state of infections in Japan and other countries, epidemic-prevention measures, and expert scientific advice.” Reuters reported that local tickets typically account for 70-80 percent of ticket sales in past Olympics, but by last December, the projected tickets sales were expected to contribute $800 million USD to the Tokyo Olympics committee. Surveys also show that citizens of Japan aren’t comfortable with the international visitors during the state of emergency, which remains in effect in Japan.