The issue of hosting the Tokyo Olympics has been the subject of debate in recent weeks, with Japan seeing an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths, with the games less than two months away.
Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers, has called for the Olympics to be canceled due to the increase in COVID cases across the country. Asahi is a sponsor of the Olympics and often opposes the government led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
“We can’t think it’s rational to host the Olympics in the city this summer,” the newspaper wrote in an op-ed on Wednesday. “We ask PM Suga to decide on the cancellation. “
“The mistrust and backlash against the reckless national government, the Tokyo government and Olympic Games stakeholders is only escalating. We ask Prime Minister Suga to calmly assess the circumstances and decide on the cancellation of the summer event. “
JAPAN OPENS MASS VACCINE CENTERS 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Asahi is the second largest newspaper in circulation in the world behind Yomiuri Shimbun, based in Japan. It has a morning circulation of over 5.1 million and over 1.5 million for its evening edition.
There is no indication that the International Olympic Committee or local officials have plans to cancel the games, which have already been postponed for a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Senior IOC member Richard Pound told JiJi Press of Japan last week that the deadline to cancel matches was still a month away. Japan also said that a warning from the United States to avoid travel to the country would have no impact on whether or not the Olympics are held.
Olympic organizers and the IOC said the games could run safely with 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes entering Japan, as well as judges, officials, sponsors and the media.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Fans from overseas have already been banned, but decisions regarding local spectators have not been determined.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.