March 18, 2020 / 5:07 AM / 15 days ago

Olympics make no sense if countries cannot send athletes -Japan's Aso

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) - Even if Japan can contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Summer Olympic Games "would not make sense" if other countries cannot send their athletes, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday.

Speaking in parliament, Aso, who is also Japan's finance minister, said: "As the prime minister said, it's desirable to hold the Olympics in an environment where everyone feels safe and happy. But that's not something Japan alone can decide." (Reporting by Leika Kihara Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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