• Kyodo


The government is considering mobilizing doctors and nurses from the Self-Defense Forces at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Tuesday, amid fears that the sporting event under current pandemic conditions could sap medical resources seriously needed by the public.

Kishi told a parliamentary committee that the ministry has received a request from the Tokyo Games organizing committee, which has been trying to secure enough medical personnel to ensure the safety of athletes and assisting staff.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.