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Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

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By Kyoko Hasegawa

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Hey, I feel for ya, but what's more important right now? Customers? Or your life and the life of your staff and the customers you serve?

Yeah it's a blow NOW, but in one year or so, it will be booming. Everyone has to weather this storm, and ya'll aint alone in feeling a "blow" here.

My question for these owners is this, if this is a blow NOW, what the hell did you have planned for AFTER the Olympics?

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People are dying and they only care about their bottom line. The fact the Olympics were postponed due to an outbreak of a deadly virus does not seem important to them. However, they should receive some solace as the virus keeps spreading rapidly in Tokyo. Their hotels will have to be turned into makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities to accommodate the thousands of new cases as Japan waits for Abe and his cronies hold meetings and procrastinate over proactive measures to control the spread of the virus.

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People are dying and they only care about their bottom line.

And all the people who work for them who will be unemployed if they go under.

I know a lot of business owners, and that's the common thread among all of them - how/whether to keep staff.

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We’re going to read about “the plight of the hotels” at least once a week for the next year on JT.

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There is no one to blame...

Someone IS to blame. This disaster was preventable.

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Someone IS to blame. This disaster was preventable.

Maybe at a certain level yes, but not totally. Take a look at other countries, and how they are handling it, and comparatively speaking Japan has not had it all that bad..............YET! I codify that by stating we really have no idea just how bad it is, because of lack of testing!

There is no way to stop an unseen virus entering the country, but if it explodes here, as it has in other places, THEN the someone to blame would be Abe, and Koike, for doing practically nothing to prevent it from becoming a disaster.

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If what's going on in other countries is an indication of what's to come then abe should be converting hotels near hospitals into overflow treatment and isolation rooms. Lease out the hotel and at least you're helping some of them all the while preparing for the onslaught.

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AAPA?!

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@Yubaru

There is no way to stop an unseen virus entering the country....

There is a way to stop the virus crossing into humans from emerging in the first place. The people responsible for that were involved in illegal and immoral activities at the time.

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My daughter works for JTB in Los Angeles. Many of her co-workers were let go; she's working from home. LA is a ghost town. It's eerie.

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It is very distressing for the workers who may have no income and compounded by Japan's poor safety net. I almost changed jobs last month and am really thankful I hesitated because as a new hire who knows what they would do. Need to hunker down and focus on family.

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"The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics"...Shock to who? Not shocked at all.

And if there is no vaccine or treatment by next year, guess what...

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Many of the hotels--charging outrageous prices, making record profits all these years--should have banked more than enough to weather this storm.

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The people responsible for that were involved in illegal and immoral activities at the time.

Please clarify what the heck you mean by illegal and immoral!

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This is the case of the money or yr life. Are u sure, u are in the hospitality business ???.

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