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Opinion on Tokyo 2020 Olympics encouraging victims of Tohoku earthquake Japan 2019

In a survey conducted in December 2019, approximately 38 percent of Japanese respondents agreed that giving the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo a theme of "reconstruction" might encourage people who were affected by the Great East Japan earthquake, also known as Tohoku earthquake, occurred in 2011. With another approximately 39 percent agreeing to the statement, a majority of around 77 percent foresaw this effect.

The Summer Olympic and Paralympic games were scheduled to take place in 2020, being held for the second time in the Japanese capital. They were, however, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Share of people in Japan who stated the Tokyo 2020 "reconstruction" Olympics might encourage victims of the Great East Japan earthquake, as of December 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

December 5 to 15, 2019

Number of respondents

1,632 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among respondents with Japanese citizenship; only one answer allowed

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Do you think making "reconstruction" a theme of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will help encourage the people affected by the Great East Japan earthquake*?

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