According to the top official of the Emperor of Japan, the Emperor of Japan was “worried” about hosting the Olympic Games during Covid-19. This was a rare intervention that bypassed the ban on imperial participation in politics.
According to the remarks at the press conference reported by the local media, the imperial butler Nishimura Yasuhiko said that his impression was that the monarch was worried about the incident.
Comments made 28 days before the start of the game will be very unwelcome Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Who has decided to hold the event with a half-capacity stadium.
The imperial press conference was strictly compiled, and it is unlikely that Nishimura would make these remarks without some form of authorization from Emperor Naruhito.
Naruhito assumed the throne in May 2019. So far, he has imitated his father and avoided any political controversy, which makes these comments particularly unusual.
According to a report by the Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Nishimura said: “Regarding the Olympics, the Emperor is very concerned about the current coronavirus infection situation.” “In view of the public’s concerns, I speculate that he is worried about the risk of an increase in the number of infections at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Will serve as honorary patron.”
“Personally, in order to prevent an increase in the number of infected people, I hope that the organizing committee and related parties will do their best to counter the virus.”
The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee decided this week to ignore medical advice and Up to 10,000 fans Or half of the available capacity. The Japanese government eased the state of emergency in Tokyo and other major cities over the weekend.
Japan’s chief medical adviser worried that seeing a stadium full of fans would prompt the public Relax guard When the Delta coronavirus variant is prevalent, fight against Covid and engage in more social activities.
Article 4 of the Japanese Constitution is usually interpreted as prohibiting almost any comment or action of the emperor with political significance. The article was passed after the militarists exploited the power of the empire during World War II. It said: “The emperor can only act on state affairs as stipulated in this constitution, and he shall not have powers related to the government.”
Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu said that the government will not regard these remarks as those from the emperor. He said: “I admit that the butler has expressed his personal views.” Kato promised to achieve a “safe and reliable Olympics.”
Japanese public opinion has been reluctantly accepting that the Olympics will continue. However, the decision to allow spectators to enter the arena, and the subsequent prompt overturning of the suggestion that the stadium would provide drinks, renewed concerns about the wisdom of hosting the event.