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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tweets in favor of Tokyo Olympics come to outnumber negative ones

Japanese public opinion has shifted since opening ceremony of Games

The opening ceremony on July 23 was a turning point for the Olympics' popularity in Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- An analysis of messages posted on Twitter about the Tokyo Olympics reveals how greatly Japanese public opinion has changed since the opening ceremony on July 23, as tweets favoring the event have come to outnumber unfavorable ones prompted by scandals and rising COVID-19 cases.

Nikkei analyzed messages posted on Twitter using NTT Data's Nazuki no Oto linguistic analysis system. Sampling 400 tweets that included the word "Olympics" per hour, Nikkei divided them into "positive" or "negative" to the Tokyo Games based on the analytical tool's definition.

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