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Japan says to seek support of G7 for hosting Olympics and Paralympics

A man wearing a face mask walks past banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23 but recent polls show about 80% of the Japanese public want the Olympics canceled or postponed. Gov. Tatsuya Maruyama of Shimane prefecture, western Japanese, is talking about canceling the torch relay events in his area for the Tokyo Games, reported on Wednesday. Maruyama is unhappy with COVID-19 prevention measures surrounding the relay. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
A man wearing a face mask walks past banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23 but recent polls show about 80% of the Japanese public want the Olympics canceled or postponed. Gov. Tatsuya Maruyama of Shimane prefecture, western Japanese, is talking about canceling the torch relay events in his area for the Tokyo Games, reported on Wednesday. Maruyama is unhappy with COVID-19 prevention measures surrounding the relay. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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17 Feb 2021 05:02:49 GMT9
17 Feb 2021 05:02:49 GMT9

TOKYO: Japan will seek the backing of other Group of Seven nations for it to host the delayed Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo this year, Japan’s government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of his intention of seeking support in a call yesterday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a regular press briefing.

Britain is due to host a G7 gathering in June.

Reuters

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