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  • donley2
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    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-olympics.html
    First team (Australia softball) arrives for training camp in Japan.

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  • Conor Dary
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    10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have now pulled out: organizers

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...rganizers.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    The Japanese capital has been under a COVID-19 state of emergency since late April, and opinion polls have repeatedly shown that the Japanese public is largely against going ahead with the games following a one-year postponement.

    "Ordinary people will not consider cooperating unless (the organizers) give a clear story on why they should be held and how to minimize risks as one package," he said.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Japan's top COVID adviser says "not normal" for Tokyo Olympics to be held

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...o-be-held.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    Japan Faces Olympic Losses No Matter How It Handles the Games

    Country has already lost out on foreign tourists’ spending, and opening to local spectators risks a costly Covid-19 surge


    https://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-f...es-11622451954

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  • Conor Dary
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    Japan’s vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

    It may be too little, too late.

    That’s the realization sinking in as Japan scrambles to catch up on a frustratingly slow vaccination drive less than two months before the Summer Olympics, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, are scheduled to start.

    The Olympics risk becoming an incubator for “a Tokyo variant,” as 15,000 foreign athletes and tens of thousands officials, sponsors and journalists from about 200 countries descend on — and potentially mix with — a largely unvaccinated Japanese population, said Dr. Naoto Ueyama, a physician, head of the Japan Doctors Union.

    With infections in Tokyo and other heavily populated areas currently at high levels and hospitals already under strain treating serious cases despite a state of emergency, experts have warned there is little slack in the system.

    https://apnews.com/article/japan-cor...eaef50358554c1

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  • Conor Dary
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    Financial Times Tokyo correspondent...


    Tokyo tree battle further damps Japanese Olympic enthusiasm

    A few dozen trees have to be cut back to make space for the site, whose usage, as with everything else, will ultimately be dictated by coronavirus. And however limited the tree-surgeons’ activities may be in practice, to their fiercest online detractors they are vandalous, ecology-hating stooges for an Olympic project that is eroding Japan’s sanity and sovereignty.

    The rising indignation at the Olympic tree-cutting offers a neat encapsulation of much (beyond the global pandemic) that has gone wrong with the games at this point. That includes the tin-eared “barring Armageddon it’s a go” messaging from International Olympic Committee officials and the many unforced errors of local organisers, including the resignation in February of the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori, over sexist remarks. Meanwhile, the Japanese public has a darkening, frustrated sense of the unstoppable arrival of tens of thousands of athletes and their teams.

    Having overcome the macro objection of going ahead, the organisers have almost no option but to steamroller every micro objection that arises. The government has for better or worse accepted the grand risk that, as the chair of the Japan Doctors’ Union put it, the legacy of the games will be the emergence of a new “Olympic” Covid strain. It was an all-in bet, and all-in bets require a certain performance that fails the instant there is any flicker of weakness or compromise.
    Last edited by Conor Dary; 06-01-2021, 08:11 PM.

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  • gh
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    state of emergency extended 3 weeks

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57277344

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  • TN1965
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    Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

    Who was the foreign Olympic athlete most revered by the Japanese?
    Abebe Bikila.

    (By the way, he is known as "Abebe" in Japan.)

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  • Tuariki
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Photos from 1964...what the Olympics really should be about...

    The last time the Olympics were in Tokyo

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/26/world...ics/index.html
    Who was the foreign Olympic athlete most revered by the Japanese?

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  • Conor Dary
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    Photos from 1964...what the Olympics really should be about...

    The last time the Olympics were in Tokyo

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/26/world...ics/index.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    Top Tokyo Lawmaker Calls for Option to Reconsider Olympics

    Japan extends state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas as organizers seek to boost confidence in the safety of the Summer Games


    https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-tok...cs-11622203465

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  • Conor Dary
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    As Olympic opposition intensifies, Japan extends coronavirus state of emergency until late June

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...okyo-olympics/

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  • Conor Dary
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    More movement during Tokyo Games may increase infections: expert

    An expert attending the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizers' panel on COVID-19 countermeasures said Friday that the increased flow of people within Japan during the games could lead to a rise in the number of infections.

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ons-panel.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    Suga extends Japan's COVID-19 state of emergency to June 20

    Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Friday evening that the country’s state of emergency set to expire in nine prefectures on Monday would be extended until June 20, the last day of the emergency in Okinawa Prefecture.

    The order is to remain in place in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...ency-olympics/

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