"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Press Conference by the Prime Minister on the Decision to Hold the Tokyo Olympic Games without Spectators at Venues in Tokyo and Three Other Prefectures and Other Matters

[Date] July 9, 2021
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Notes] Provisional Translation
[Full text]

(On the decision to hold the Tokyo Olympic Games without spectators at venues in Tokyo and three other prefectures and the Government's response to realize safe and secure Games)

As I have been making clear all along, it is the Government's duty to bring about the Games that are safe and secure.

I have also said that we will not hesitate to hold the Games with no spectators in attendance if the declaration of a state of emergency is issued.

In light of these, the state of emergency has been declared, and I understand that the course of action was determined in a five-member consultation involving the hosts of the Games, namely, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The Government intends to make all-out efforts to ensure safety and security, including border control measures.