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Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned

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No need to rush the Olympics, haste makes waste!

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Well, Shinzo-chan, guess you just lost a friend.

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Preparing for the Olympics to go ahead as planned is only as logical as preparing to delay or cancel if needed. Failing to do both at an uncertain time like this is just willfully ignorant or naive. In either case, it this is simply poor leadership (if we are to take their their words to be sincere).

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No way

abesan don't mean it, do you?

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If things get to the point of no return in early April I definitely think that the Olympics should be postponed. Not canceled, just postponed until possibly next summer 2021.

This will guarantee that not only the Tokyo Olympics go through, but most importantly the safety and well being of spectators is assured.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Abe will be forced to postpone it at some point.

enuf said.

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No test No virus mentality at its finest!

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"Good things will happen for Japan and their great Prime Minister. Lots of options!"

Sure options! None of them bright for Abe!

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Japan is preparing to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as planned despite Trump's one-year postponement suggestion, the top government spokesman said.

If this the case then number of infected people in Japan will be kept low no matter what.

The actual number?

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The only advice that matters is what the WHO and IOC says.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Would be stupid to go ahead with almost zero spectators.

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Abe must give Trump a free ticket to come to Tokyo to watch the Olympics, and get Corona virus as a bonus!

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No way Abe.

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There is no question the disease will still be around in April, and I doubt if it will have disappeared by August, this beast will become endemic and possibly seasonal like the flu. Immunity and hopefully a vaccine will moderate its impact until it mutates, but that can make it more or less infectious so we will just have to wait and see.

Prepare for the Olympics, but also prepare to delay them is the only sensible option.

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Probably not going to happen unless many of the countries are missing.

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In all countries with cases of covid so far, it is clear that the infection at first spread undetected for days or weeks, and is unstoppable. Many African countries in particular have only just reported their first case, so will be at their peak infectivity just before the Olympics are due to start.

Postpone now.

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Canceling the Olympics is not acceptable for both athletes and millions of people around the world looking forward to the Games. Postponing the whole event by a year sounds like a sensible solution. The only loser would be Abe, who won’t be prime minister by then.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Wishing that your political enemies had a deadly disease? Very cool. Extremely normal behaviour.

But wishing it on the US President is ok? How so?

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I have to admit, this banter between Abe and Trump is entertaining.

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Abe's plan is to hold the Olympics and all other countries will boycott it out of safety concerns for their athlete representatives. That way, only Japanese will compete and will win every medal; thus establishing a total medal count that no other nation will ever be able to match.

A brilliant move by Japan.

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But wishing it on the US President is ok? How so?

It isn't and I never said it was? But if you respond to someone else's obvious joke with an earnest desire for elected members of the Democratic party to become infected with coronavirus, you might want to rethink your priorities.

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It isn't and I never said it was?

Neither was mine.

But if you respond to someone else's obvious joke with an earnest desire for elected members of the Democratic party to become infected with coronavirus, you might want to rethink your priorities.

As you said, it was an obvious joke.

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The possible good thing is that Abe won't call a state of emergency now.If he were to,the panic would set in concerning Japan's plight and more voices outside Japan would be calling for a delay/cancellation.I'm sure Abe threw in an arigatou to Trump for throwing him and Japan under the proverbial bus.They deserve each other though as "friends."

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As you said, it was an obvious joke.

You reacted to it in earnest, though.

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Of course this is always the strategy in Japan because "saving face" is the first priority :-(, First you show the "gambatte" attitude and then when everyone in the world says they won't risk participating and aguish for the players health, you show your reluctance but agree to go along and "keep harmony" with the world.

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Shinzo-kun is going to do what his master tells him to do, and that's all there is to it. Trump is the only pretend friend he has with any real clout. And in any case, the talk about Olympics being cancelled is approaching a roar from a slight breeze sound a few days ago. Won't be long before Abe is having to repeat this 20 times a day, to saying they are looking into it, to admitting it might have to be delayed, to immediately saying he was misunderstood when his popularity drops, to admitting it will indeed have to be postponed, to shifting the focus on the US advertisers and preparing for his admitting it will have to be cancelled, to him stating it will be cancelled.

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Well, Abe, you can host it but no one will go!

Pillock.

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That would be very strange to have another Olympics with no spectators, how they would make money is still the question, are they going to issue refunds or what are they going to do if many athletes decide not to come?

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IOC chief Thomas Bach told German television Thursday that his organization had been in regular contact with WHO experts regarding the coronavirus since February, and that they would "follow the advice of the WHO" regarding whether to cancel or postpone this year's Tokyo Olympics over the pandemic.

This is all that matters...regardless of what Abe, Koike or Morisaurus say , the decision to postpone or cancel lies with Bach and nobody else.

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Keep preparing, keep discussing with IOC and WHO, but be prepared to make a decision by mid May latest. Postponing a year or two is a viable option.

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There is no reason not to carry out though postponement was admitted.

abesan will postpone the Olympics right now

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Did Shin-Chan tell Donny Japan’s secret for keeping infractions so low: not testing?

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*infections

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note scare quotes on "characterized"

"characterized as a "pandemic" by the World Health Organization, has put the games in jeopardy."

It's is and has been a pandemic for quite a while.

where is honesty and common sense?

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Pure political stuff on both sides.

Abe built on the OG to be re-elected.

Trump cannot afford a disaster of low gold medals harvest in an election year.

None of them care about the people, political agenda conflict at its best.

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It makes sense.

The 1st ALL JAPAN OLYMPICS. (other nations welcome).

Or Postpone. (too many brown envelopes have changed hands for this to be comfortable).

F1 did the right thing. Confirmed case. Boom. It's all over.

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Makes sense.

Some people are sooo scared of this virus. It's not a monster. Take precautionary measures correctly, stay clean, wear your masks correctly and nothing's gonna kill you.

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It will be a disaster if the Olympics cancelled. However, it is really depends on what other nations will do against the virus, Japan has no control about it. The good news is that China has get it under control, and is starting to help other nations in knowledge sharing and material aids. China just did another delivery to Japan with 5000 protection suits and 100,000 masks. Chinese sister province also donated masks to Hokkaido, recently. Chinese MaYun also donated to US 1 million Made in China masks, and 500,000 Made in China test kits. Hopefully, both Japan and US will recover from the pandemics 3 months before the Olympics, because we all know without US team, the game will be light.

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Trump isn't emotionally invested in the Tokyo Olympics at all because he has no hotels there. He was merely using the bully pulpit to shower us with his pearls of wisdom and grab some cheap media attention for a day, making headlines around the world with his mindless off-the-cuff remarks, one of the enjoyable perks of being Potus that he has become addicted to for feeding his incurable narcissism and providing his daily shots of dopamine. Trump always liked to preach that we would "get tired of winning". I suspect that after 3 years millions of us are throroughly exhausted and exasperated (including, no doubt, Abe along with many other heads of state).

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If Trump really pushes the postponement until next year then Abe and the Olympic Committee will have no choice but to comply. If the U.S. refuses to participate, you can bet that other important countries will follow and if major countries do not participate and their media outlets do not broadcast the games then the Olympics will be a disaster.

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Why doesn't Trump look after his own country and stop interfering with others?

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Who cares what Donnie thinks or says.

This is the same guy that enacts a travel ban on Europe, except for Scotland, Ireland, and the U.K., all countries where he has substantial business investments including golf courses.

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It is difficult to say whether the Olympic games will be successful or not. However, it is very likely that fewer people will be traveling and the expected number of visitors to Japan will be far less. Unless there is global progress towards fighting Corona Virus and a decrease in the rate of infection people are not going to travel.

1.) Most flights to Japan have a layover in China. I cant imagine everyone flying directly to Japan the logistics does not seem realistic.

2.) Japan alone cannot insure successful Olympic Games, it takes coordination with participating Countries there are 100's off variables at play. Unfortunately most governments can care less about Tokyo Olympics right now.

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Derp!!! Derp!! Of course the Olympics will be cancelled. America has cancelled all sports leagues indefinitely, thus America will cancel the Olympics. Cry me a river but the $$ America shells out for the Olympics is what counts. And when that disappears no IOC member will give a second thought to British cycling, Japanese Judo, Korean archery, French crossainting, or Australian rugby.

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. . . have all incoming athletes and visitors tested for Coronavirus to prevent spread within Japan.

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Not matter how much Japanese government shows its determination and promises to make an maximum effort on the pandemic, it is the IOC who will make a final call. Besides it depends on situations in other participant countries, beyond Japan's control.

Better prepare any plan B simultaneously alongside with the original timetable.

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Increase coronavirus testing to general population and perform virus survey every two weeks from now on, and publish the survey result, to show the world that Japan has no impotent problem.

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Two idiots

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Speaking to reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump said it would be better to postpone the games for a year rather than see "empty stadiums all over the place."

Coming firsthand from the person who still crows about his fantasy recording-breaking audience attendance during his inaugural address.

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If Japan will be ready for the Olympics, then no need for all these travel bans and self-isolation and other steps now. It's basically saying everything will be fine no matter what's going on in the rest of the world.

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this tell me that this PM does not care for his people, like his father and other leaders before him, they really do not think of the common folks as human being, they see them as resource in time of peace and war.

people glorifies Samurai culture, if they really knew what Samurai did to the common people, they see them as resources also.

basically, he is playing God with people's lives here, to think about the Olympics before fighting this virus, it's a criminal

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Well, IOC Chief Bach is contemplating the Tokyo Olympics cancellation.

The decision rests with the WHO, not IOC, says Bach.

https://www.news18.com/news/sports/ioc-will-follow-who-advice-on-2020-tokyo-olympics-cancellation-chief-thomas-bachioc-will-follow-who-advice-on-olympics-cancellation-chief-thomas-bach-2535531.html

IOC Will Follow WHO Advice on 2020 Tokyo Olympics Cancellation: Chief Thomas Bach

Berlin: The International Olympic Committee will follow the World Health Organisation's recommendation on whether to cancel or postpone this year's Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Thursday.

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