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    With just weeks until the Summer Olympics are due to begin in Tokyo, debate is raging in Japan over whether they should go ahead.

    The International Olympic Committee insists the Games will be safe but many Japanese people are not convinced.

    The anxiety and arguments have increased after a state of emergency was extended, to combat a fourth wave of Covid infections.

    Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.

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