Abe said he will work with international officials including the
World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure preparations for the games are
"By coordinating our efforts with the WHO and other related agencies,
we will take appropriate steps so that preparations to hold the events
will steadily continue," Abe told a parliamentary session.
Japan's sports and Olympic officials will hold a meeting later this
week to discuss the outbreak and Tokyo's efforts to prevent a further
spread, Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto said.
Japanese officials are scrambling to control the virus, warning
citizens against non-essential travel to China and refusing entry to
foreigners who have recently visited Hubei province, the epicentre of
No deaths have been reported in Japan so far.
The government chartered three flights to repatriate 565 Japanese
nationals from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hardest hit by the virus.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has separately pledged to take stringent measures against infectious diseases.
The health scare has led to the cancellation of Olympic qualifying events in China including boxing and badminton.