Tokyo governor reiterates intention to hold Games

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has reiterated her intention to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games, less than two months before the events' scheduled opening.

Koike was speaking at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly as it opened a new regular session on Tuesday.

In her policy speech, Koike said she knows that some people are voicing worries about holding the Games due to the coronavirus-infection situation.

She said it goes without saying that top priority will be placed on conducting the events in a safe and secure manner, and that effective anti-infection measures will be extremely important.

As for domestic spectators, she said Tokyo's basic position is to follow the central government's restrictions on the number of viewers at sporting events. She said Tokyo is consulting with various parties as it works toward laying out plans for spectators by the end of this month.

The Games' organizers have already decided not to allow overseas spectators.

The governor said Tokyo is engaged in making final preparations for the Games and that it will do its utmost to ensure that the events are safe and secure.

Meanwhile, senior Tokyo officials said a public-viewing event that was to be held in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park during the Olympics will not go ahead.

Instead, the park will be the location of an inoculation site for police officers and fire fighters beginning in July.
On Tuesday, Tokyo officials reported 471 new cases of coronavirus infection in the capital.

The figure is 71 lower than a week earlier and marks the 19th straight day of week-on-week decline.

Tokyo's total tally of coronavirus infections now stands at 161,426.

Tokyo officials confirmed 7deaths.