Senior Olympic official dies after devastating train incident

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A senior Tokyo Olympics official has died. (Getty Images)

A Japanese senior Olympic official has reportedly died after a tragic train incident in Tokyo.

Police are investigating the incident which resulted in the death of Yasushi Moriya, 52, private broadcaster Nippon Television said, citing Tokyo metropolitan police sources.

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Moriya's death comes after a survey revealed half of the Japanese public believes the Olympics will go ahead this year.

Calls for the Olympics to be cancelled have grown only months out from the Games due to the restrictions in place for the Covid-19 pandemic in Japan.

For the Tokyo Olympics, already postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, public concerns remain over how Tokyo can hold the global event and keep volunteers, athletes, officials and the Japanese public safe from Covid-19.

Top government officials repeatedly said that the government would continue to work on coronavirus measures for a "safe and secure" Games, and that a decision on domestic spectators would be made this month.

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But in a Yomiuri survey conducted June 4-6, 50 per cent of respondents said the Games would happen this summer; 26 per cent said they would occur without spectators. 

That is higher than 48 per cent of those polled saying the event would be cancelled.

But most of the respondents in the same poll said virus measures for Olympics athletes and participants are not enough, while public support for the Suga administration hit their lowest level, at 37 per cent.

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