Half of Japanese think Olympics will go ahead: poll

Half of the Japanese public believe the Tokyo Games will go ahead as planned, whether they want it to or not.

That's according to a weekend poll by Japan's Yomiuri newspaper, which was released on Monday.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin in less than two months, after being postponed a year due to the ongoing global health crisis.

But questions still remain over how Tokyo can keep volunteers, athletes, officials and the Japanese public safe.

The nation is currently in its fourth wave, which has seen rising numbers of severe cases.

On Friday, former Olympic medallist Kaori Yamaguchi said Japan has been 'cornered' into pressing ahead with the Games, despite public opposition.

Yomiuri's new poll showed public support for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's administration has dropped to its lowest - at 37%.

Most respondents said virus measures for Olympics athletes and participants are not enough.

Top government officials have repeatedly promised to make the Games 'safe and secure'.

The poll also found over a fourth surveyed believe the Games will go ahead without spectators.

While the government has already barred foreign spectators from the Games, a decision on domestic audiences is expected to be made this month.