The Japanese government has set aside its policy not to accept foreign general audiences at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, Kyodo News reported, citing multiple government officials.

Reportedly, this decision is expected to be confirmed next week at a five-party meeting attended by representatives from the Japanese government, the organizers of the event, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The audience at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games is limited to residents in Japan.

The upper limit for audiences will be decided in April based on the Japanese government's policy to restrict events in line with the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) countermeasures, Kyodo News said.

When the final decision not to accept overseas audiences for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to be held in July this year, the organizing committee must proceed with a refund procedure for Olympic tickets sold overseas.

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