"Actuellement, plus de 80% des gens veulent que les Jeux Olympiques soient reportés ou annulés. De quelle autorité est-il forcé de passer?" Son a écrit sur Twitter samedi. </p><div> <ul class="summary-list"><li>Le fondateur du milliardaire SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, s'est joint aux appels pour annuler les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo.</li>
Billionaire SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son has joined growing calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics as Japan grapples with a new coronavirus outbreak and many parts of the country remain under state of emergency .
“Currently, over 80% of people want the Olympics to be postponed or canceled. Who and over what authority is he forced to pass? Son wrote on Twitter in Japanese on Saturdays.
Son, who founded SoftBank in 1981 and invested millions in financial, medical and tech companies like Uber, ByteDance and SoFi through the conglomerate, is the second richest person in Japan with a net worth of $ 30.3 billion. dollars.
The day after his first tweet, the billionaire investor wrote: “There is talk of a huge penalty (if the Games are canceled), but if 100,000 people from 200 countries descend on Japan behind the vaccines and the mutant variant spreads, I think we could lose a lot more: lives, the burden of subsidies if a state of emergency is called, a drop in gross domestic product and public patience. “
It is still unclear how many people will be at the Tokyo Olympics, where around 11,000 athletes are expected to compete. In March, the Japanese government decided to ban foreign spectators from attending the Games due to the emergence of new variants of COVID-19. As for local fans, the organizing committee has not announced how many spectators are allowed to attend the Games, although it has previously said it is considering capping capacity at 50%. Son did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for clarification of the 100,000 number mentioned in his tweet.
Son’s remarks came after Vice President of the International Olympic Committee John Coates told an online press conference on Friday that the Games would go “absolutely” even if Japan was in a state of emergency. .
The voice of SoftBank’s CEO joins growing calls to end the Olympics as Japan struggles to keep its coronavirus outbreak under control. A poll last week found that more than 80% of Japanese residents want the Olympics canceled. That same week, a group of 6,000 Japanese doctors wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, saying Japan’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed if the Games go on as planned. Many took to the streets to protest against the conduct of the Games.
The Games, which had already been postponed from their original dates in 2020, are scheduled to begin on July 23. Meanwhile, the government said on Sunday it was considering extending states of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures beyond their origin. End date of May 31.
Japan recorded 5,041 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and only 2% of its population is fully vaccinated, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.