| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Japan vows ‘safe and secure’ Olympics in economic blueprint

According to a final copy acquired by Reuters on Wednesday, Japan’s government will include a vow to deliver a “safe and secure” Tokyo Olympic Games in its economic blueprint due out on Friday.

An earlier draft blueprint just called for the Olympics to create “different legacies,” although the final version appeared to emphasize the government’s determination to hold the Games.

The final draft was released just days after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he had obtained backing for holding the Olympics at a G7 summit conference in the United Kingdom, despite public concerns that the sporting event might worsen the spread of coronavirus illnesses.

The government will also clarify its resolve to complete vaccine inoculations in October through November, the draft showed.

Turning to fiscal policy, the draft kept the government’s pledge to achieve a primary budget surplus by fiscal year-end in March 2026 while reassessing the target by the end of this fiscal year taking into account coronavirus fallouts.

  • Reuters