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  • Japanese official says canceling Tokyo Olympics remains an option if Covid crisis worsens

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/15/japa...d-worsens.html

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    • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
      “If a majority of the general population is to be vaccinated by a year later, postponing the Tokyo Games one more year should be considered an effective option,” Nishiura told weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun.
      Not gonna happen. Organizers already said they'd cancel instead. Plus WA won't move Eugene22 again.
      The odds have actually INCREASED lately that Tokyo will happen due to economic factors.

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      • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
        Not gonna happen. Organizers already said they'd cancel instead. Plus WA won't move Eugene22 again.
        The odds have actually INCREASED lately that Tokyo will happen due to economic factors.
        Losses in lockdowns in Japan already vastly overwhelm economically the piddling amount from TV money. A big outbreak would be far worse. Besides the political downsides in continuing on against a public that by large margins don't want the Olympics this year. Anyways the writing is on the wall...

        Olympics could be canceled because of virus, Japan ruling party figure admits


        https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...50d_story.html

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        • 4.3 trillion yen is $39 billion.

          Cities and regions around the world are in lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19. This column examines how the economic effect of the lockdown of a city can propagate to other regions in the country, focusing on the case of Tokyo. The findings suggest that if Tokyo were to be locked down for two weeks, the loss in value added production in the city would be 4.3 trillion yen, while the production loss in the rest of Japan due to propagation through supply chains would be 5 trillion yen. In addition, the effect on other regions becomes progressively larger as the duration of the lockdown grows.


          https://voxeu.org/article/propagatio...-supply-chains


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          • Japanese leader asks Pfizer for additional vaccine supply

            Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up his country's inoculation drive, which lags behind many other nations.

            https://www.yahoo.com/news/japanese-...025800224.html

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            • Good luck there.... vaccines are in short supply in most of the world. And India is a complete disaster now...

              The rise in cases led the government to issue an alert status for Tokyo and nine other urban prefectures. It has also fueled doubts about whether or how the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.
              Last edited by Conor Dary; 04-19-2021, 10:40 PM.

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              • Headline - Will Japan's Low Immunization Rate Pose a Problem for the Olympics?


                https://time.com/5956371/olympics-co...nations-japan/

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                  • Decision on domestic spectators for Tokyo Olympics may come in June - Mainichi

                    https://sports.yahoo.com/decision-do...091704290.html

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                    • Kazuhiro Tateda, president of the Japan Association of Infectious Diseases and a member of the government’s advisory committee to combat the spread of the virus, admitted that the delay in vaccinations was “unfortunate”.

                      The slow vaccine roll-out means there is “no chance” of enough of the population receiving a dose before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, Tateda admitted.

                      “There are less than 100 days left and we are now experiencing a fourth wave of infections,” he said. “Herd immunity is not possible and I would say that the organisers will have to make a final decision on whether to go ahead or not in the next month. It is a very difficult situation.”


                      https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/healt...ccination-rate

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                      • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                        “There are less than 100 days left
                        Alternately, 'there are over three months left' and perhaps we could actually get our merde together!

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                        • Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case

                          Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay.

                          https://sports.yahoo.com/tokyo-olymp...062643981.html

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                          • Japan Times

                            Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared states of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Friday as the country resorts to contingency measures to contain a fourth wave of the coronavirus.

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                            • Japan Times

                              Looming Olympics fail to instill urgency in Japan's vaccine rollout

                              Three months before Japan hosts the Olympics — its biggest international event since the pandemic began — the country has fully vaccinated less than 1% of its population, in a cautious and slow-moving program.

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                              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                                Japan Times

                                Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared states of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Friday as the country resorts to contingency measures to contain a fourth wave of the coronavirus.
                                Yikes ... I saw the headline on CNN. Feeling on the edge of my seat...

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