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    Olympian Yamaguchi Says Japan 'Cornered' Into Holding Games

    Tokyo has been “cornered” into holding the games during the coronavirus pandemic, one of Japan’s best-known Olympians and an executive member of the Japanese Olympic Committee said in an outspoken editorial published Friday.


    “We have been cornered into a situation where we cannot even stop now. We are damned if we do, and damned if we do not,” Yamaguchi wrote in an editorial published by Japan's Kyodo news agency. “The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important.”



    Last edited by Conor Dary; 06-05-2021, 03:18 AM.

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    • As Opposition Mounts to the Tokyo Olympics, Here's What It's Like for Some of the First Athletes to Arrive (yahoo.com)

      Clare Warwick has wanted to be an Olympian ever since she attended the Sydney Olympics as a spectator in 2000. Now she might get her chance. The 34-year-old and her teammates in the Australian softball squad touched down in Japan on Tuesday, making them some of the earliest competitors to arrive for the Tokyo Games.

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      • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
        “The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important.”
        As we have often seen, public opinion is fickle. As the Games start, polls will show a general consensus that this is a good thing for Japan.

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        • By now, there is a lot of data for how to sucessfully conduct sporting events in a bubble. 3 out of 4 Tennis Slams, 3 out or four golf majors, Stanley Cup, NBA Championships, MLB playoffs, NFL Playoffs, major soccer leagues, Olympic qualifying events. None cancelled for Covid outbreak. The only superspreader concern would be for spectators. Since locals are oppposed, the solution is to stay home and limit attendance. Japan is going to take an economic gut punch games or ngames. If they had aggressively pursued vaccination, they would probably be in pretty good shape right now, That they didn't, knowing that they were going to host the world's biggest sporting event in a year is pretty inexplicable. The games are going to happen. Media headlines about growing opposition are just click porn.

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          • Opposition parties on Sunday demanded an extension of the current Diet session beyond its scheduled end on June 16 in order to discuss measures to contain the pandemic.

            Although the ruling coalition plans to close the ordinary Diet session as scheduled, Jun Azumi, from the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said more time is needed to debate COVID-19 vaccination programs and whether to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics starting on July 23.

            https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...iet-extension/

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            • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
              As we have often seen, public opinion is fickle. As the Games start, polls will show a general consensus that this is a good thing for Japan.
              Why don't you just admit it and say you don't give a toss what the Japanese think or what their anxiety is about...you just need your entertainment...

              You don't have the slightest idea what will happen...and you don't care either.

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              • Originally posted by HopStepJump View Post
                By now, there is a lot of data for how to sucessfully conduct sporting events in a bubble. 3 out of 4 Tennis Slams, 3 out or four golf majors, Stanley Cup, NBA Championships, MLB playoffs, NFL Playoffs, major soccer leagues, Olympic qualifying events. None cancelled for Covid outbreak. The only superspreader concern would be for spectators. Since locals are oppposed, the solution is to stay home and limit attendance. Japan is going to take an economic gut punch games or ngames. If they had aggressively pursued vaccination, they would probably be in pretty good shape right now, That they didn't, knowing that they were going to host the world's biggest sporting event in a year is pretty inexplicable. The games are going to happen. Media headlines about growing opposition are just click porn.

                Those are all domestic competitions involved hundreds....trivial compared to the 10s of thousands invading an unvaccinated country from all over the world....and even there there have been covid breakouts...

                Yes the Japanese should have prepared better but that has all been discussed before. And it is too late to do much about it now...

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                • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

                  Why don't you just admit it and say you don't give a toss what the Japanese think or what their anxiety is about...you just need your entertainment...

                  You don't have the slightest idea what will happen...and you don't care either.
                  As HopStepJump pointed out above, if there is a new outbreak during the Olympics, it is likely to be caused by domestic spectators. Why should IOC, let alone foreign Olympic athletes, be held responsible for the behaviors of those unruly mobs?

                  If you have too many idiots who cannot follow simple public health guidance, then don't host an international sporting event. If Tokyo had forfeited the hosting rights last summer, IOC could have found an alternative site by now. But it's too late for that now. So the Japanese government should do the best they can to to control those mobs.

                  But the reality is they are doing the opposite. The latest "scandal" is that they are building up many public viewing areas across the country. They have agreed to nix the biggest one (in Yoyogi park) after much protest. But the rest of them are still scheduled to be open. Why? Well, they have already paid the contractors to set up those viewing areas. They also have contractors to provide food and drink to those areas. They also have sponsors who are going to put their ads in the viewing areas. So idiots will flock to the PV areas, scream at the top of their voices, spread the virus, and bring the virus back to home to infect even more people. They could just sit in their living room and watch the Games on their own TV. But they say "that's not the Olympic experience we want." Well, I don't care what kind of "Olympic experience" spectators have. Athletes are already making far more sacrifice than you idiots do. Stay at home and watch your TV, so that your neighbor's grandma will still be alive. Is that so hard to understand?

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                  • Financial Times....

                    Tokyo Games could be a Covid superspreader

                    US president Joe Biden made it clear that democracy should prevail over autocracy. However, a kind of autocracy is looming large in the free world. I call this the “Olympic autocracy”.

                    With just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, polls show that some 80 per cent of Japanese want this event cancelled or postponed (“Japan’s great Olympic gamble”, Opinion, May 10).

                    A healthcare breakdown due to Covid-19 is occurring, with a few per cent of the population vaccinated. On May 24, the US state department issued its highest travel advisory — to avoid Japan due to “very high” levels of Covid-19.

                    Despite such a serious situation, top officials at all the Olympic-related organisations are pressing on with plans for this gigantic event.

                    Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said that he had no reason whatsoever to believe the games in Tokyo will not open on July 23.

                    John Coates, IOC vice-president, said the Olympics would go ahead even if a state of emergency were in force in Japan. Prime minister Yoshihide Suga and other leaders in Japan are repeating the mantra, calling for a “safe and secure Olympics”.

                    The games could be safely performed in places detached from the rest of society, by athletes and staff who are fully vaccinated. However this would squeeze already scarce medical resources, which could otherwise be directed to the treatment of locals.

                    This is what I mean by Olympic autocracy. If democracy is to prevail, Japan’s leaders should squarely address these concerns.

                    Massive efforts have been made to prepare for the games. However, what will be the consequences for this largely unvaccinated society, accommodating some 16,000 athletes and 80,000 support staff, including the media? This is a matter of life and death for the Japanese people.

                    It is unconscionable that the Olympics could contribute to a major surge of new cases and fatalities. No one wants to see this.

                    I therefore urge leaders to directly address the public’s worries. After all, it is the general public who are in a wider sense the host of the Olympics.

                    Professor Tatsuo Masuda

                    Kaishi Professional University Niigata, Japan

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                      • Senior Japan Olympic official hit by train, dies in suspected suicide

                        https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...d-suicide.html

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                        • An executive board member of the Japanese Olympic Committee has launched a blistering attack against the International Olympic Committee (IOC), claiming the "Olympic Games have lost meaning" and questioning the wisdom of holding the event in the midst of a global pandemic.

                          In a scathing editorial published by Kyodo News on Friday, Kaori Yamaguchi said Japan had "been cornered" into hosting the Tokyo Olympics and accused the IOC of disregarding public opinion and turning a blind eye to concerns raised by local authorities.


                          https://www.newsweek.com/tokyo-olymp...hi-ioc-1597563

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                          • Countries to be banned from Japan, including Great Britain and India

                            This will put the cat among the pigeons
                            ​​​​​​https://www.nst.com.my/sports/others...arred-olympics
                            Last edited by Tuariki; 06-08-2021, 07:35 AM.

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                            • My favourite Youtube team on Asian matters did a street interview in Tokyo yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ8Z_7Ul5Do

                              Surprisingly, much fewer people hoping to cancel the games than I expected. But apparently the big fine from IOC is considered a crucial factor by the interviewees.
                              Last edited by xw; 06-08-2021, 08:53 AM.

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                              • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post
                                Countries to be banned from Japan, including Great Britain and India

                                This will put the cat among the pigeons
                                ​​​​​​https://www.nst.com.my/sports/others...arred-olympics
                                Lol...that's one way....instead of canceling just ban everyone...

                                It's bordering on farce now.
                                Last edited by Conor Dary; 06-08-2021, 02:45 PM.

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