In run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan’s defence minister Nobuo Kishi has announced that Games Organisers could call up military doctors and nurses from its Self-Defence Forces for help.
Kishi said that his house has received a request to this matter.
The armed forces have started to operate the vaccination centres in Tokyo and Osaka this week to help speed up Japan’s extremely slow vaccination process just two months ahead of the planned start of the postponed Olympics.
According to Olympics organisers, up to 230 doctors as well as 310 nurses will be needed daily at the Games.
So far, around 80 per cent of the required number of medical staff has been secured.
Local organisers and the International Olympic Committee insist the Games can go ahead safely despite Japan fighting a fourth wave of the pandemic and Tokyo being continually placed in states of emergency.
A recent survey conducted by the Kyodo news agency showed that 72 per cent of those polled in Japan want the Olympics cancelled or rescheduled due to the pandemic.