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Olympic flame arrives in Japan amid worries over virus impact

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fears are growing that the Olympics may be postponed or cancelled.

Anybody with a working brain knows it is not possible with this virus that is wrecking havoc across the global causing lock down of almost.

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Cancel this nonsense, show the corrupt IOC viruses are more urgent than money lining their pockets.

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Its beyond belief at this point. The Olympics should be cancelled for good, from right now. Its become nothing but a corrupt, cartel driven sham. There are World Championships for all major sports (including BMX and surfing) those have some integrity, at least.

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The JASDF Blue Impulse air team was on hand to draw the Olympics rings in the sky, but the winds were so unusually strong today that the rings were blown away and almost immediately faded from the air. Maybe Aso really was on to something here.

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It's just the flu! It's just the flu!

I'm going to Fukushima to see the torch relay procession.

Then, bring on the Olympics and let's celebrate by dancing in the stadiums and the streets while loafs of bread rain from the sky. Oh, so glorious! Emperor Abe declares the games open! Hurrah! Hurrah!

While the rest of the empire burns.

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What a farce.

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This is just getting ridiculous. There will not be an Olympics this year. The world is going into virus meltdown and Japan is about to be hit by an express train of cases. You cannot hold any large events anywhere until there is either a vaccine (1 year plus at least for testing) and/or an effective viral treatment (sooner but who knows). Japan needs to bit the bullet and put the Olympics out of its misery as soon as possible.

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what a joke!!

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Blow it out and send it straight back.

Are we going to have an Olympics with just Japanese athletes - because allowing hundreds of thousands of athletes and team officials from all over the world into the country in less than 4 months would be absolute insanity.

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From a health standpoint shouldn't Mr. Mori be in self isolation?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-olympics/tokyo-olympics-chief-attended-meeting-with-official-who-now-has-coronavirus-idUSKBN21605W

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Right now, that light is a shining beacon of hope in the darkness the world is experiencing, That is the reason they are doing their best not to extinguish it. Their efforts may prove to be ultimately futile, but it's better than just giving up like many people have already done.

I understand what those people are feeling and experiencing but I cannot emphasize. I only feel pity

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The Olympics will be held as scheduled! Mark my words! Trust in Abe administration!

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Only a child would believe this "shining beacon of hope" nonsense.

The silly Olympic flame is a symbol of the corrupt IOC gravy train.

I hope it is extinguished as soon as possible.

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Common sense!!! I hope you’re doing the right decision....

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Yes, it is a symbol of hope. Hope that the virus will settle down before the Olympics. And, hope that the millions of spectators’ tickets will be refunded if it doesn’t.

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@Osaka_Doug

From a health standpoint shouldn't Mr. Mori be in self isolation?

Yes absolutely!!!!

In literally any other country in the world right now he would be put in isolation. Other world leaders (including a member of the IOC in Australia) have self isolated when in these exact circumstances.

Instead this arrogant, ignorant, selfish, self entitled POS has chosen to risk the health of others by doing this.

Mori-kun (yes "kun" as you are acting like a spoiled little boy) you should be publicly ridiculed and you should be ashamed of yourself (although it is obvious you have absolutely no shame).

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I think it can be held if the events are scaled down, maybe with 1/10th of the fans allowed in. The rest can watch it on TV in safety, sipping beer.

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Just pomp in bad circumstances. Stick a fork in the Olympics because they are done.

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Some of you people don't get it. Entire airline industry going bust.

Read my lips: no flights coming to Japan in July/August anyway.

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Mori!! Never one to be accused of doing the right thing. What a self-centered imbecile.

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So they decided to have people run all across the country for four month while thousands of other are dying around the world?! I am looking forward to this torch(virus) relay :(

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Mori has been exposed to the virus and is just out and about.

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The so called special cannister looks similar to the miners lamp I bought many years ago.

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Jeffko

The Olympics will be held as scheduled! Mark my words! Trust in Abe administration!

If you didn't know.

Abe is not the one calling the shots.

Abe is hapless like you and me regarding deciding whether the olympic should go on as planned or be postponed.

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Cost doesn't matter to those organizing the olympic as they are awash with taxpayer money.

Is a boeing 787 needed to transport a torch and about 10 officials.

How about cutting cost by using a corporate jet like bombadier.

There a people who have lost their jobs due to the virus and one are just wasting tax funds.

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@dr

”hapless,” or “helpless”?

Either seems possible....

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The Japanese government is being so completely stubborn over insisting that the Olympics go on as planned for one main reason: They are drunk with glee at the prospect of Japan being 'noticed' on the world stage, of getting it's moment in the sun, it's little 15 minutes of fame.

The kicker is that if the Games do go on, Japan sure will be noticed by the rest of the world alright, but it will be for being a bunch of stubborn, ignorant fools.

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A pandemic is sweeping the globe.

However, not one of the participants at the ceremony are wearing masks!

The geriatric Mori is most at risk but he is showing little common sense...

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