Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it is up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead.
After being delayed one year due to the pandemic, the Games are set to begin July 23 despite significant opposition among the Japanese public..
The country's vaccine rollout has not gone as quickly as anticipated, and cases are still spreading. Tokyo is under a Covid-19 state of emergency, which is scheduled to last until the end of the month.
"My priority has been to protect the lives and health of the Japanese population," Suga said. "Let me address that clearly. In terms of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is important that we must first prevent the spread of the virus. The IOC has already made a decision to hold the Games and notified countries as such."