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Japan’s Aso: Olympics make no sense if countries cannot send athletes

18 Mar 2020
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, April 21. 2017. (AFP)
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, April 21. 2017. (AFP)
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Updated 18 Mar 2020
18 Mar 2020

Even if Japan can contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Summer Olympic Games "would not make sense" if other countries cannot send their athletes, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday.

Speaking in parliament, Aso, who is also Japan's finance minister, said: "As the prime minister said, it's desirable to hold the Olympics in an environment where everyone feels safe and happy. But that's not something Japan alone can decide.

Reuters

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