Tokyo 2020 organizers say transport plan proceeding despite fish market issues

By Jack Tarrant

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I remember riding a city bus pressed into service to the opening ceremony of the '84 LA Olympics. It was as crammed as a Tokyo subway train at rush hour, but nobody was complaining. Halfway through our (short) journey, someone pushed the "stop" button, to much hilarity.

It'll work out if we all keep our sense of perspective and humor.

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The Tsukiji area is already a bit like a construction site - roadworks have been going on there for years it seems. All the transportation routes appear to be very focused upon ungreen modes of transport. For example, you can't currently cycle over the Rainbow bridge.... instead you have to make a detour around Tsukiji, walking is however an option....

The alternative monorail route will clearly be rather packed, and the existing road infrastructure will presumably be blocked, a bit like during the annual National holiday migration throughout the local highways. It's going to clearly end up as a very controlled event, which will annoy a lot of people going about their daily business, and if you live in the area - your Commute is probably going to be very hellish as you try to get out of and back into the area. I would not be surprised if the locals relocate during the event, rent out their apartments whilst themselves renting elsewhere, and making a packet at the same time.

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I'd like an update on the tsukiji rat evacuation prevention plan. Now THAT was news!

On another note:

In 2016, toxic substances were found in soil and groundwater at Toyosu, once home to a gas plant.

However, in July, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike declared the new site safe after experts signed off on additional clean-up measures.

I wonder how much money was passed under the table for that one!

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They have 80,000 volunteers. You can be sure there are many employment agencies getting their chop of this cash. They will be paid per volunteer and the volunteers get a thousand yen a day for train fare. The logistics of the expected 2 million visitors will make Tokyo a commuter’s nightmare. Admittedly, it will be school holidays, which will break down the masses slightly, but the usual worker rush will still be on, plus 2 million people. I’m so happy I don’t live in Tokyo and will be on school vacation at the time of the Olympics.

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Isn't the ban on bikes on the rainbow bridge for the riders' (and other pedestrians') safety? It gets super windy up there. Easily enough for a cyclist to be blown off-course.

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After the 2020 O? Run an international design competition and bring the unfortunates from Toyosu back to the original Tsukiji site! What a complete boondoggle this entire affair is. Obvious answer has always to rebuild in place. No one is going to trust the Toyosu site as a source for food and the atmosphere in the new buildings looks, so far, completely sterile. End of a lifestyle that did not have to end!

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Olympics will fail, so the ldp will have egg on their faces and taxpayers will pay.

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