Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites
Having postponed the Games for a year because of the pandemic, Japan has already banned overseas spectators—in an Olympics first—while reducing the number of participants, volunteers, and guests. However, officials are forging ahead with hosting the Games from July 23. "We have decided to cancel these live viewing sites that gather people," Yuriko Koike told reporters, after meeting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. "On the other hand, we will make greater use of the web to create exciting atmospheres for the Games and to disseminate various cultural information." There had been six planned viewing sites, across the Japanese capital. The announcement came as Koike and Suga prepare to meet Olympics and Paralympics officials Monday for a key consultation during which they are expected to finalize whether to allow domestic spectators inside Games venues.