State Department warns against travel to Japan
The State Department issued a "Do Not Travel" warning for Japan, citing the surge in coronavirus cases.
Why it matters: The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, with thousands of athletes from all over the globe set to arrive in the city.
- The travel advisory is a level 4, the highest cautionary warning the department puts out.
Situational awareness: After lifting their state of emergency, Japan has had a big increase in reported COVID-19 cases.
- Vaccinations are also moving slowly: only 1.8% of Japan's population are fully vaccinated.
What they're saying: The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, a group of roughly 6000 doctors, wrote a letter recently calling for Japan to cancel the Olympics.
- "We strongly request that the authorities convince the [International Olympic Committee] that holding the Olympics is difficult and obtain its decision to cancel the Games,” the association said in its statement to the Washington Post.
- Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of e-commerce business Rakuten, told CNN on Friday that hosting the games would be a "suicide mission."
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