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Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? How to judge?

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A success?

The Prime Minister is now urging Tokyo residents to refrain from all non-essential and non-urgent outside activity, new coronavirus cases hit a record high yesterday and the delta variant is sweeping the Kanto area.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210727/k10013163971000.html

Are you serious?

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Can those damned expensive games, a re-elected Suga and rising infection numbers buy me a lunch now or later? Three times a no is the answer! That’s it, nuanced.

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Let's see.

For Japanese nationalists, it's looking like a success so far. Japan's won a haul of golds, making it more likely that the LDP will be re-elected come the fall.

For the health professionals and medical system, somewhat less of a success.

For the IOC, that will depend entirely on how much money they make from the broadcasts.

For the average Japanese person? Depends how easily they are swayed by those lovely ピカピカ medals and how willing they are to suspend any form of analytical thinking.

For scary gaikoku? I can't imagine these games getting many enthusiastic write-ups.

For Keigo Oyamada? Potentially career-ending.

For Mori? A huge success. Gets to insult women and still is invited back as Supreme Honorary Lord Adviser God.

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Those fans aren't socially distanced at all.

I'll keep saying it-the Japanese public have behaved appallingly during this pandemic. Shameful.

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Japan usually does well in the medals at first but the golds especially tend to drop away when things like track n field heat up.

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It can be a success. It can also be a failure.

It all depends on the set of criteria one wishes to choose to make the judgement.

In the final analysis, is success or failure that important?

As long as the true spirit of sportsmanship has been preserved and valued, nothing else really matters..

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Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? How to judge?

As the article says, it will depend on the various stakeholders (pro and cons alike) and their criteria to judge. An attempt at being as neutral as one could be may read along these following conclusions:

For Suga and the LDP: holding the games where an end in itself. So success. Whether it will amount to anything at the next general elections remain to be seen...

As far as the "quality" of the games, that is completely irrelevant which is probably a good thing for Suga and the gang as these Olympics look more like amateur hour than anything else...

https://japantoday.com/category/tokyo-2020-olympics/organizer-mishaps-continue-to-plague-cycling-at-tokyo-games

https://japantoday.com/category/tokyo-2020-olympics/take-2-triathlon-forced-to-restart-when-boat-gets-in-way

For Dentsu: safe. 100% safe I would say.

For the IOC: holding the games where an end in itself. Robert Maes could confirm, but I would doubt that they run any risk of losing the distribution-right money at this (late) stage.

For NBC (and other media): it remains to be seen whether people are that interested in these Olympics (e.g. time-zones, freedom to get out of the house again, popular local/regional sports being on again or having switched to a heavy use of Netflix & Co).

For the official sponsors and partners: aim: making money. result: BIG loss. They paid 2-3 billions to use the Olympic logo and are currently hiding it not to infuriate the consumers; then the pandemic bites: even more due to the slow recovery caused by a deficient vaccination roll-out; then households hit by anxiety, unemployment, dwindling revenues (e.g. bonuses) and an ill-timed rise in VAT just before the pandemic are cost-cutting wherever they can.

Small/medium business are most likely taking the worse of the economic hit, at their own level (e.g. shy consumers) and in the business food-chain (e.g. being pressured by bigger businesses trying to cut their losses). Certain industries are culled en masse (e.g. hospitality, entertainment, food/drink outlets, etc). Certain sectors are also used as cannon-fodder (e.g. health sector) or buffer (e.g. food/drink outlets).

As a result of the 2 above paragraphs, workers are hit as well (e.g. unemployment, falling revenues, etc).

The population, split 80/90 to 10/20 on the Olympics are furious because the games are held (that's the 80/90 part) but also furious because the latest flip-flop of the government prevented the fans (that's the other 10/20 part) to actually experience them for real. Result: the government pretty much infuriated 100% of the population. An achievement in itself.

For the athletes: good question. Looking at the 2 above links, the games are a mess. But again, the medals, the gold, the silver, the bronze. Also, most athletes will not be able to make much of a fuss without risking some backlash by their federation, their Olympic committee or the IOC. I would suspect that later in their careers they will start to talk (or earlier, but only in private). I doubt they are happy, even those who win something. I believe that more than any Olympics in the past, will these games open the eyes of many athletes that they are just...cannon-fodder in their own category.

About changes to Japan, I think Barbara is dreaming. The changes would have happened BEFORE the games, not after. The LDP has been circling the wagons for already several years. Corruption, public fund wasting, bullying and sexism are definitely safe, at least for now.

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It is a lot of fun to watch on the TV. If it does not turn into a catastrophic super-spreader event, then one can make an argument that it was done successfully. Whether it will be a financial success, I have no idea.

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Michael O'Doreiter:

You forgot one question. For the tax-payers in Japan?

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Michael O'Doreiter:

You forgot one question. For the tax-payers in Japan?

I did, and all.

How about "an expensive mistake"?

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Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? How to judge?

How about using common sense??

Anyone with THAT would deem these games a failure.

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