Cancelling the Tokyo games would be yet another blemish for the new government and could doom its chances in the next election later this year.
In a region and world in flux, Japan and Australia have taken another step towards a formal military alliance.
The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga's rejection of six scientists nominated for an advisory panel has raised concerns over academic freedom.
Suga has a strict work ethic, rising at 5am each day. He will need to work hard to hang on to the prime ministership at a bumpy time for Japan.