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Tokyoites Show Understanding, Surprise at Olympic Postponement

Tokyoites Show Understanding, Surprise at Olympic Postponement

   Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press)--Some Tokyo citizens have expressed their understanding to the latest decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics, originally slated this summer, while others voiced surprise at the move.
   "This is a wise decision, because the outbreak of the new coronavirus has yet to be brought under control," said Kenji Tsujimura, a 26-year-old corporate worker from Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, who was visiting Odaiba Marine Park in Minato Ward in the Japanese capital with his girlfriend.
   But Tsujimura added, "I want them to show why they opted to put off the Olympics by about one year," noting that Japan would come under international criticism if the games are postponed again.
   In telephone talks on Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed that the Tokyo Olympics will be pushed back by about one year and will be held by summer 2021 at the latest, sharing the view that it is impossible to carry out the event by the end of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
   Yuta Sato, 33, a company employee from Tokyo's Nerima Ward, expressed surprise, saying, "A virus has changed the history of Olympics." Noting that the coronavirus forced a dramatic change in the Olympics, Sato, who was visiting the seaside park with two nephews, said, "I was reminded of the magnitude of the development."

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