Organisers are battling persistent doubts over the Games with just 50 days to go until the opening ceremony.
There is no indication so far the games will be cancelled. The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said they are going ahead.
A survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily showed 43 percent of respondents want the 2020 Games cancelled, and 40 percent want a further postponement to the Olympic Games
The country plans to release into the sea more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station, the government says.
Tokyo Olympic torch relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
The quake hit at 6:09 pm in Pacific waters off the Miyagi region with a depth of 60 kilometres, meteorological agency said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin are in Japan and issues on agenda range from solidifying Asian alliances against China to North Korean nuclear issue and a military coup in Myanmar.
About 3,000 spectators were expected to attend the relay’s starting ceremony in Fukushima on March 25 but organisers have scaled back the event over Covid-19 concerns.
With a deadline of June 29 set by the IOC to wrap up qualification, 25 percent of athlete quota places are yet to be filled, with another 14 percent to be decided based on rankings.
“Demon Slayer” becomes the top-grossing film for Japan, surpassing live-action films, and even breaking 19-year anime record held by Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away.”
The Japanese government, Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo 2020 organising committee are leaning towards holding the massive event in front of a domestic audience only, local media reports say.
More than 140 people suffered mostly minor injures, many of them by falling objects and cuts while stepping on broken glass.
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