The rising infections of Covid-19 in Japan has forced authorities in the country to cancel the very well known Tokyo Motor for the first time in the 67 year history of the event, Cancellation of this event comes at a time when the preparations for the Summer Olympics are being pushed ahead with by its organizers.
It is expected that Japanese authorities are slated to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures starting from 25 April and is expected to last till 11 May.
The significantly more infectious variants of the novel coronavirus has driven up cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Japanese authorities have now decided to postpone the Tokyo Motor Show, which was first held in 1954 and is typically held every two years, to some time in October this year.
According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, about 1.3 million visitors had set foot at the motor show when it was held the last time in 2019.
The decision to call off this biannual event was because “it is difficult to offer our main programme in a safe and secure environment”, said the chairman of the organisation that organizes the event – Akio Toyoda, who is also the president of the biggest carmaker of Japan Toyota.
The organisers of the show also disclosed that they had no plans to taking the show online and holding it for online viewers unlike the decisions that were taken by organizers of some of the other major industry exhibitions of the world of taking them online because of the Covid-19 pandemic since last year.
It is expected that the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will declare a state of emergency any time for a number of parts of the country, including Tokyo and Osaka.
According to some analysts, this latest decision to postpone the auto show could also affect the 2020 Olympics, which have already been delayed by a year, and is scheduled to be held in the country in three months.
The first major auto exhibition, organized at a global scale, since the beginning of the pandemic, was organized and launched in Shanghai in China earlier since last week and got over earlier this week. The public was allowed to come into the biggest motor show of China – the Auto Shanghai 2021. However those attending the show had to take Covid-19 tests before they were allowed to enter the show premises.
(Adapted from BBC.com)