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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics yet to gain public support days before torch relay

Surveys show more than half of Japanese don't want the Summer Games to happen

Protesters display banners calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer during an evening rally on March 12 in Tokyo. (Photo by Rurika Imahashi)

TOKYO -- Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are to soon reach a decision on whether to allow overseas spectators to attend the Games and are set to start the torch relay on March 25. But they are still struggling to gain the support of the Japanese public as a national coronavirus vaccination program lags behind those of other advanced countries.

On March 12, demonstrators stood in front of the headquarters of Tokyo 2020 -- as the Games are still called -- with banners and placards reading: "Cancel the Olympics!" Their chants echoed through the streets as passersby looked on.

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