There is another dimension to this twist. If Japan cancels the event, China would be hosting the Winter Games in 2022 and would then take the credit of hosting the world’s first international post-pandemic games. Japan would be hesitant to accord that credit to China, which is seen now as a pariah state with its aggressive stances on a host of bilateral and regional issues. Public opinion is clearly against Japan hosting the Games. According to a poll by Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun, only 36 per cent endorse that the Games should move forward as planned. (Read More)
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