Photo/Illutration In this June 3 photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. (AP Photo)

More than half of Japanese companies believe the Tokyo Olympics, originally planned for this summer but postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus, should be canceled or put off again, a survey by a Japanese think-tank found.

Of some 13,000 companies that responded to the poll by Tokyo Shoko Research, 27.8 percent said the sporting event should be cancelled while 25.8 percent saw another postponement as desirable.

Japan lifted in late May a state of emergency imposed to stop the coronavirus, as it recorded fewer infections, but cases started to increase again in July.

“With the end of the spread of infection nowhere in sight, companies are divided into for and against holding the event in 2021,” the research group said in a report, published on Thursday.

Of the companies surveyed, 22.5 percent believed the Tokyo Olympics should be held as planned while 18.4 percent said they ought to be held with fewer spectators and 5.3 percent said they should be held with no spectators.

The poll was conducted over the Internet between late July and early August.