The Japanese prime minister and International Olympic Committee chief promised the Tokyo Games will demonstrate the world is winning the war against the coronavirus pandemic. But is it really a good idea to go ahead with the Olympics?
With the recent approval and rollout of vaccines in Britain, the United States and elsewhere, as well as the indication Japan could be doing the same in the early months of 2021, signs are that an end could be in sight.
For Japan, however, the risk of welcoming the world to its doorstep might not be worth the reward.
There are also ethical complexities in holding an international event at a time when much of the world will still have an uncertain path out of the pandemic, and Japan’s relative success in its pandemic strategy could be negatively impacted by allowing tens of thousands of people to enter from every part of the globe.
One concern is that people involved in the Olympics may be prioritized in receiving the vaccine.