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    Olympics chief mixes up Japanese and Chinese at Tokyo Games presser


    Gaffe by International Olympic Committee president triggers backlash on social media

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...pan-as-chinese

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    • Oh no! Someone misspoke!

      Aren't the Chinese hosting the next Winter Olympics?

      There's so little actual controversy these days that the perpetually aggrieved have to pretend things are controversial to sell papers/get clicks.

      Silly!
      You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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      • Originally posted by scottmitchell74 View Post
        Oh no! Someone misspoke!

        Aren't the Chinese hosting the next Winter Olympics?

        There's so little actual controversy these days that the perpetually aggrieved have to pretend things are controversial to sell papers/get clicks.

        Silly!
        I think you are right up to a point but we should bear in mind the following:

        1) The IOC are not that popular in Japan at the moment.
        2) Japan and China have a long history of not being the friendliest of neighbo(u)rs.
        3) Westerners like us have something of reputation for mixing up and/or lumping together Japanese and Chinese people, culture etc.

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        • Originally posted by Trickstat View Post

          I think you are right up to a point but we should bear in mind the following:

          1) The IOC are not that popular in Japan at the moment.
          2) Japan and China have a long history of not being the friendliest of neighbo(u)rs.
          3) Westerners like us have something of reputation for mixing up and/or lumping together Japanese and Chinese people, culture etc.

          Many Japanese blame Bach for, in their eyes, forcing Japan to press ahead with the Olympics in the midst of a pandemic and despite the risks — although the Japanese government has always stood behind the decision to push on with the Games.

          It is not the first time Bach’s comments have struck a dissonant chord in Japan. He also inflamed public opinion in March by saying the Olympics will require a “great sacrifice” and then in May for praising the “great resilience and spirit” of the Japanese people and their ability “to overcome adversity.”

          Both those remarks were seen by some as insensitive since most Japanese people did not want the Games to take place this year and were not willingly making a sacrifice.



          https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...anese-chinese/

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          • Meanwhile..in the Financial Times...

            Olympic arrests fuel Japanese fears for games



            LEO LEWIS AND ROBIN HARDING TOKYO

            Four foreigners working at the Tokyo Olympics have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after what local media reported was an evening out in the nightclub district of Roppongi.

            The arrests shattered an unspoken contract that Tokyo would assume the huge risks of hosting an international event during a pandemic and in return, the tens of thousands of visiting athletes, officials, media and support staff would follow Japan’s rules.

            The incident will revive opposition to the games and heap greater pressure on the Japanese government to crack down after multiple reports of foreigners out drinking in Tokyo without wearing masks.

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            • New poll by Ipsos: Tokyo Olympics draw muted interest

              https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-pol...muted-interest

              "Those in Japan, the host nation, are much less likely to agree, with only 22% saying the Summer Olympics in Tokyo should go ahead." I'm a bit perplexed by the discrepancy among these polls.

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              • The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday the Refugee Olympic Team will currently not travel to Japan after an official with the delegation tested positive for the coronavirus.

                https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ovid-case.html

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                • The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 1,149 daily coronavirus cases Wednesday, topping 1,000 for the first time since May 13.

                  The capital, under a fourth COVID-19 state of emergency, has been facing a resurgence of the virus ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics next week.

                  https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ce-may-13.html

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                  • Scientific American...

                    COVID Risks at the Tokyo Olympics Aren’t Being Managed, Experts Say


                    Current prevention measures may not be enough to prevent an outbreak

                    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...d-experts-say/

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                    • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                      The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday the Refugee Olympic Team will currently not travel to Japan after an official with the delegation tested positive for the coronavirus.

                      https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ovid-case.html
                      Well, crap.

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                      • “It’s a perfect opening scene for a thrilling movie where everyone gets sick with Delta all over the world, and they trace it to the Olympics,” says Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “The Olympics are not only just a local potential superspreading event in a poorly vaccinated country but [could perhaps become] a global superspreading event.”

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                        • If Mr. Chin-Hong is being prescient, Lord help us.

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                          • Meanwhile...in the Financial Times...

                            FT BIG READ. TOKYO 2020

                            Can the Olympics succeed behind closed doors?

                            Intended to mark Japan’s economic revival but hit by the pandemic, the games have become a matter of political survival to be played out against public anger, empty stadiums and disgruntled sponsors.

                            Yet looming over all the on-field action will be one big question: what are these Olympics for? They will be held in a city still paralysed by a Covid-19 state of emergency after 18 months of economic crisis. No foreign fans will be in Japan and no Japanese fans will be allowed in the stadiums; the athletes will be kept in a bubble, without any chance to meet the public.

                            And they are unpopular. More than half the population of Tokyo want the Olympics cancelled or postponed, depending on how the question is asked. Even Emperor Naruhito has signalled, that he is “extremely concerned” about a games for which he will serve as honorary patron.

                            The message of economic revival no longer makes sense, the comparison with 1964 rings hollow and Abe himself is gone from office. Other cherished themes, such as the reconstruction of Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, or the use of hydrogen to fuel the Olympic Village, will now get little exposure.

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                            • Compared to the crowds seen in recent weeks at the Euro 2020 football championship or Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Tokyo Games will symbolise what was lost to Covid-19, rather than any triumph over it.

                              For Suga, the Olympics are a calculated political gamble.

                              Despite the costly investment, corporate sponsors are now contending with reputational risks that were hardly imaginable before the pandemic. Many have held back from Olympic TV adverts to promote their brands and services.

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                              • For athletes too it will be a very different experience. They will only be allowed into the Olympic Village for a few days around their event, there will be constant coronavirus testing, and harsh sanctions for breaking any of the many Covid-19 restrictions.

                                The complex rules needed to maintain the Covid-19 bubble around the games are causing mounting problems, with guidance constantly changing. Competitors have been told to wear masks at nearly all times, other than eating, sleeping and competing.

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