From the Document: "Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have vowed to go ahead [hyperlink] with the 2020 Olympic Summer Games beginning on July 23, 2021; the games were postponed in 2020 due to the global Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Japan has curbed the pandemic to under 14,200 total deaths [hyperlink] out of a population of around 125 million. The virus has continued to spread, due in part to the emergence of more communicable variants and Japan's slow progress on vaccinating the population [hyperlink]. In April 2021, the Japanese government declared new states of emergency [hyperlink] in several cities, including Tokyo. As of mid-June 2021, Japan's daily infections averaged under 2,000 per day [hyperlink], with around 5% of Japan's population [hyperlink] fully vaccinated. Japan's national vaccination campaign started in mid-February--about two months after many other developed countries. A cautious vaccine approval process and a cumbersome bureaucratic approach to vaccination led to a slow rollout, but the pace of vaccinations increased in June. By the middle of June, around 800,000 shots were being administered daily [hyperlink] and between 8% and 10% of the population of the greater Tokyo region [hyperlink]--primarily the elderly--had received at least one dose. Japan trails behind the United States and other countries in vaccinating its population, presenting increased risk for any Japanese athletes, volunteers, and spectators that may attend the Games."
CRS Insight, IN11691
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