Open for 1 hour and 30 minutes at the guesthouse
Prime Minister Suga, Governor of Tokyo, etc.
Bach emphasizes unity, “in the same boat”
Protest against “Bach Go Back” in front
|[도쿄=AP/뉴시스]On the 18th, a welcome event was held by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), held at the Guest House in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (left), who attended the event, meets and talks with Chairman Bach. 2021.07.19.|
According to the Mainichi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun on the 18th, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee held a welcome ceremony of Chairman Bach at the guesthouse located in Minato-ku, Tokyo on the same day.
About 40 people attended, including Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, Chairman Seiko Hashimoto, and former Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori.
The event ended in about an hour and a half without food to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The scale was also reduced from the original plan.
Regarding the welcome event held even after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government declared a state of emergency for COVID-19, Chairman Hashimoto asked for understanding, saying, “We will hold the event as scheduled because we are taking sufficient (infection prevention) measures.”
According to attendees of the event, Chairman Bach, Prime Minister Suga, and Governor Koike gave greetings to the attendees. Prime Minister Suga mentioned memories of the Japanese women’s volleyball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, such as the ‘Oriental Witch’.
|[도쿄=AP/뉴시스]On the 18th, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach welcomed the event at the guesthouse in Tokyo, Japan. he is saying hello 2021.07.19.|
Dozens of people gathered in front of the guesthouse where the event was held on the same day and held a protest against the Tokyo Olympics. They shouted, “We do not welcome”, “Stop unnecessary and non-urgent parties. Stop unnecessary and non-urgent Olympics” and “Bach goes back.”
A woman in her 60s who took part in the protest demanded the cancellation of Asahi, saying, “regardless of Corona, this Olympics is full of problems.”
The Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to COVID-19, will begin on the 23rd. However, it has been criticized by public opinion as it was enforced amid the spread of local infections. Most of the matches were ultimately decided to be held without spectators.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the host city, has been declared a state of emergency for COVID-19 since the 12th. Valid until the 22nd of next month.
According to NHK, the number of daily confirmed cases in Tokyo on the 18th reached 1008. More than 1000 people for 5 days in a row. This is an increase of 394 people from the same day a week ago. It is the first time since May 9 that the number of confirmed cases exceeded 1,000 on Sunday, when the number of confirmed cases was relatively low.
As of the same day, the average number of confirmed cases in Tokyo for a week was 1068.3, an increase of 145.6% from the previous week. The increase in the number of infections does not seem to be slowing down.
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