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Japan won't introduce daylight saving time during 2020 Olympics

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pointed out some challenges when introducing daylight saving time, such as renovating traffic light systems and adjusting the arrival and departure times of international flights.

so these things are so complex that any change to the program is nigh on impossible?

"It is hard to meet the deadline before the Tokyo Olympics,"

we can't because we are uncomfortable with change, it's confusing. Making decisions with in a 2 year time frame does not allow enough time for the numerous meeting required to skirt common sence. Leadership and forward planning not a strong point.

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Good Move! I hate daylight savings time!

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Thank you! How ironic that this gets announced just after day-light savings ends in the country Japan just loves to emulate!

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Wise decision. It would have been too troublesome, expensive and confusing to change times (and traffic lights, train timetables, PC systems etc) just for 3 weeks. Farmers will be happy. Most people prefer the extra sunshine in the morning. Strange to have sunshine at 9pm!!

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Daylight savings are great, and would be great for Japan. I makes no sense to have a silly 4am sunrise, and a really early 7pm sunset during the summer.

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"Good Move! I hate daylight savings time!"

Bad move. I love daylight saving time.

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Daylight savings are great, and would be great for Japan. I makes no sense to have a silly 4am sunrise, and a really early 7pm sunset during the summer

I agree when it starts getting dark around 7:30-8:00 is better than it getting dark at 4pm. It just makes perfect sense.

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LDP has a lot bad ideas.

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Good. Can we cancel the Olympics next please?

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factchecker, it is too late. However, it isn't too late yet to change the way doing it.

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Bad move. I love daylight saving time.

Me too. Late summer nights, playing with my friends at 9pm as the sun was setting are such good memories. I've always disliked the early sunsets in the summer in Japan. I was in Spain last year in the summer, and at 10pm there were still traces of light on the horizon, it was great.

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Let’s hope they have plenty of physicians on hand and empty hospital beds coz they are definitely gonna need them. I’m sure we will see new records during the Japanese summer Olympics. New records for the most athletes and spectators hospitalised and dying from heat stroke.

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LDP has a lot bad ideas.

They sure do, and yet every day I pray that we don't have to live under the dictatorship of the CPP.

It's amazing how a little perspective can make things better.

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Europe is floating the idea of changing their time permanently, that's several different countries. And the arguments against are few. Certainly not because a 60minute or 120 minute incremental change will suddenly change the axis of Europe, cause farm animals and crops to wilt in their confusion. Plane schedules just move accordingly. But I understand Japan is unique change causes the population to drop to the floor and thrash around in a confused state of caniptions. How very modern, and progressive.

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Quelle surprise. The octogenarians that control this country see daylight saving time as something foreign, like wheat and universal human rights, and essentially damaging to Japan. They oppose it on principle as it was imposed on the country by the Americans after the war.

Farmers will be happy. Most people prefer the extra sunshine in the morning.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), in 2015 there were about 1.33 million households engaged in commercial farming, with the total number of farmers down from more than 11 million in 1965 to fewer than 2 million presently. Moreover, farming is increasingly an occupation dominated by the elderly: 6 in 10 farmers in Japan are over the age of 65, and farming as a full-time profession is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2018/06/23/food/farming-japan-last-legs/

Farming in Japan is dying and nobody else wants sunrise at 4:30am. Well, only people who don't live in Japan, maybe.

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Sadly stupidity rules once again, time in Japan is seriously messed up!

For starters the clocks should be set back 1-2hrs PERMANENTLY!!

Only THEN can we talk about daylight savings time!!

Just sayin!

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Evidently the government thinks it’s cotizens are too stupid to accept a time change of an hour. But hey, let’s start the marathon at 5:30 am even though that’ll mean broadcasting companies get angry... oh wait, guess we can’t do that either since it means money. Well, guess people are going to have to die and this go down as a Japanese boondoggle.

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Strangerland, is it difficult for you to know that China has no day time saving system, and Japan has the same rule ? However, Japan is the only independent country in the whole universe that proposed to have a day time saving for Olympics.

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Folks international flight schedules here already change with DST in other countries affecting departures & hence arrivals here...….

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Strangerland, is it difficult for you to know that China has no day time saving system

Not really. It’s somerhing I’ve know for 40 years.

and Japan has the same rule ?

Not really, I’ve been in japan two decades and experienced it every year.

But my own experiences, having lived extensively in both countries with and without daylight savings, is that I much prefer having it. Aligning my hours to the sun makes more sense to me than trying to match some human-defined concept of time.

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If the sun changes its hours of daylight, then shouldn't we change our schedule to suit? Suppringly!!! watches, clocks, and schedules with a little dexterity of some finger movement can easily be changed. It's the mental agility of a mass of the population that can't quite grasp that the sun is not conforming to the group will. The sun should loose social points, stupid sun just won't conform.

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For starters the clocks should be set back 1-2hrs PERMANENTLY!!

Back? I don’t want the sun to rise in Chiba at 3 in the morning during the summer. It’s weird enough to see blue light in the sky at 4:45.

Conversely, I do enjoy getting up before 6 and still getting to see sunlight during breakfast.

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Athletes and spectators alike are gonna die in the super humid and hot August games. Daylight savings would do very little (if anything) to change this fact. The temps are still in the low 30's in the early hours during August. Holding the games in the hottest and most humid month of the year is the stupidest idea of ideas. People are gonna die. That's all there is to it.

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"It is hard to meet the deadline before the Tokyo Olympics," Takeo Kawamura, the House of Representatives member who heads the study group within the party, told reporters after its meeting.

Lol... how typical of the Jpolitico drones...2 years is not enough to meet a deadline... not sure if its more ridiculous or pathetic or something else ...

And oh how confusing to reprogram traffic lights and plane timetables ...que impossible ..and yet miraculously there will be no such towering IT/ technological challenges if LDP decides to increase tax rates? Thats magical....

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Excellent news. We should be abandoning it ourselves since it does nothing but cause people to be tired and commit more lethal accidents.

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So it seems the problem lies not in changing the clocks but in having the Olympics in Tokyo in the first place?

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Go further I say! Japan should be permanently in the time zone one hour ahead.

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Is it really necessary? Don't think so if it wasn't since 1952.

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