In the press review of this Wednesday, March 10, we will discuss: Prohibition of foreign spectators from attending the Tokyo Olympics, an association of disabled athletes encourages the use of the term “parasports” and serious allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are more numerous in Japan.
Foreign spectators are prohibited from attending the Tokyo Olympics
The central and metropolitan government of Tokyo as well as the organizing committee for the Olympic Games have reached a consensus that the coronavirus pandemic will make it difficult for foreign visitors to enter. While around 1 million tickets have been reserved for people living abroad, they are no longer allowed to enter Japan to attend the event. The formal decision is expected on March 25, before the start of the Olympic torch relay. Government officials are still studying the possibility of responding to a request from the International Olympic Committee to allow entry of foreign visitors invited to the Tokyo Games by the companies sponsoring the event.
Encouragement of the use of the term “parasports”
According to a survey by the Sports Agency for the year 2020, 59.9% of adults played sports at least once a week, while the figure for people with disabilities is 24.9%. In this sense, the Japanese Parasports Association (JPSA), which oversees disabled sports in Japan, wants to promote the use of the term “parasports” ahead of the Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo this summer. The JPSA hopes that the use of this phrase associated with the competitive nature of sports will help promote awareness and change the image of sports for the disabled.
Severe allergic reactions to vaccine increase in Japan
The Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Norihisa Tamura, said that the number of serious allergic reactions that have occurred following the injection of the vaccine “ appears to be higher in Japan than in the US and UK“. According to the health ministry, medical staff received some 71,000 vaccine injections on March 8, and eight cases of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions have been reported. On March 9, nine more cases were detected. According to the regulatory authorities in each country, cases of anaphylaxis in the United States have been five per million vaccinations, and one to two cases per 100,000 vaccinations in the United Kingdom.