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Do you agree with the decision not to allow spectators from overseas to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games?

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Bad idea. Bad for business, bad for Japan bad for the Games

-16 ( +11 / -27 )

I think it's absolutely disgraceful. If fans can prove they've been vaccinated, I don't see an issue at all.

There are just as/more likely to be people here with the virus due to not being vaccinated in time/scared of the vaccines/the vaccines not being Japanese and the person being xenophobic, etc etc.

A Japan only Olympics..how dreary and predictable.

-8 ( +15 / -23 )

I don't know. It isn't a yes/no question. It is a "it depends" question.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

I want the Olympic games canceled in Japan. Its bad news and will bring more issues than good.

18 ( +23 / -5 )

Inoculated folks should be able to attend.

Even better, cancel the whole thing!

Olympics without hardly any foreign spectators .....

...... looks a little like way back in time!

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Japan has almost 3 million foreign residents. The Japan Olympic Committee should give them special access to the events, such as discounted tickets. This would confer upon the Games a much more international atmosphere, fill the stands to a greater degree, and give the overseas athletes the support of their fellow citizens.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

If a decision has to be made now, under pressure of all the expectations, then better safe than sorry.

A policy of "Which vaccination have you had, when and where, and can you prove it?" ....... does not seem to be practical or workable just yet.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Foreign spectators can bring the virus here, but returning Japanese citizens or permanent residents are allowed to come back into Japan and they are impossible to carry the virus? This move just doesn't make any sense. Sure, it may be popular and populistic, but that's all. It's just another way of how to say "double standard" without using those words.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

Anyone, regardless of nationality, should be allowed in if they can prove they were vaccinated and adhere to quarantine measures. Saying they are banned for safety reasons but allowing non-vaccinated Japanese back in (without quarantine being mandatory, only voluntary), and allowing in athletes and sponsors, is proof it is not at all about safety.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

nandakandamanda: "A policy of "Which vaccination have you had, when and where, and can you prove it?" ....... does not seem to be practical or workable just yet."

So why are Japanese nationals allowed in despite that not being practical or workable, and isn't it moot since next to no one here has been vaccinated anyway? What are they going to say, "Oh? Well, you had the Phizer, did you? Well... we're sorry... but only 0.000001% of Japan has had it yet, so that makes you at higher risk of... ummm... spread... no wait... catching... no... hang on, let me check the excuse manual again"?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

I don't necessarily disagree with "with the decision not to allow spectators from overseas to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games".

The world is very uncertain at the moment and we cannot expect the Olympics to go ahead exactly in other years.

But the above question is a limited question that does not allow an adequate answer.

The question we should be asking is this:

Why is it OK for the ban on spectators from overseas to include vaccinated people when people in Japan can attend even if they have not been vaccinated?

I have yet to see a decent explanation for that. Whether or not we agree on stopping people coming from overseas to view the Games, the policies currently in place, when considered as a whole, appear to make little sense.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Hey , why not ban foreign athletes too? That would guarantee a few more golds for Japan. Bet the stadia would be heaving !

4 ( +8 / -4 )

No one has thought this ”policy” through logically or it would never have seen the light of day. If numerous posters above can see the logical fallacy in it then it either doesn’t say much for the intellect of the policy makers or it is an irrational and cynical ploy aimed at their own political base!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

If there can be no spectators then there should be no games. Just cancel already.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

No, I don't agree. They should be cancelled entirely. Why do they insist on having the masked, joyless games? There is nothing to celebrate.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

I basically agree because if they had allowed in foreign fans they would just have been scapegoats for the spread of the virus. The only way this would have worked is if Japan had quickly vaccinated a large part of its population and not just started half heartedly in April. It will be very interesting for me to see how Chyna handles it. Except for Chinese, most citizens of the world will not accept heavy-handed measures such as anal swabs and putting people who don’t wear masks into garbage bags and caring them away by security police never to be seen again.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Anybody who has completed his or her vacation, should be allowed to come , since they will not be of high risk.

no visitors is like no Olympic

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Foreign spectators can bring the virus here, but returning Japanese citizens or permanent residents are allowed to come back into Japan and they are impossible to carry the virus? This move just doesn't make any sense. Sure, it may be popular and populistic, but that's all. It's just another way of how to say "double standard" without using those words.

WELL SAID!!!

No one has thought this ”policy” through logically or it would never have seen the light of day.

They never do.

If numerous posters above can see the logical fallacy in it then it either doesn’t say much for the intellect of the policy makers or it is an irrational and cynical ploy aimed at their own political base!

The policy makers here are all silver spooned blue bloods who have never worked a real day in their lives so how can we expect anything decent from them?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

If Japan let "everyone " in then Japan would get every covid variant there is, vaccine or no vaccine you can still be a carrier.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Doesn't affect my life one bit. Olympics have never meant anything to me.

The wasted tax money would have just gone to some concrete highway to nowhere or fat envelopes for lobbyists or corporate cronies anyway.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I think you're asking the wrong question - I think most agree that the Olympics should not be held.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

While I agree that it doesn't make much sense to bar vaccinated foreigners from entering but allowing non vaccinated citizens to congregate and spread the virus.

But I feel the logistics and manpower of handling the isolation and what to do if they are positive / require medical assistance on a large scale seems like a nightmare. I don't believe many have gone that route yet (no isolation), and I don't think would work if you are expecting a large influx of travellers. And the contact tracing, Burden on the medical system, spike in cases all while the Olympics is going on.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think it's a good idea to keep those from super spreader hot spots out.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I only voted no because I disagree with the decision to hold a super-spreader event in a pandemic in the first place.

If there were a way to screw these games up more, I bet the JOC will find a way.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Why is it OK for the ban on spectators from overseas to include vaccinated people when people in Japan can attend even if they have not been vaccinated?

Because you can still be a carrier of the virus.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

PerformingMonkeyToday 12:19 pm JST

Because you can still be a carrier of the virus.

Yes, but that is not what the situation is about. The situation is that foreign spectators/fans can't come here, but on the other hand, Japanese citizens who are residing in a foreign country can come here without any problem. Imagine a foreign citizen and a Japanese citizen who are married. They are taking the same airplane and one of them will not be allowed to enter Japan due to corona spreading.

I'd understand if our dear government completely closed down our country for anyone incoming OR testing people, but this is just a half solution. Heck, it's not even a "solution". It's just another erratic move

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Where's the other option - cancel the games.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Why is it OK for the ban on spectators from overseas to include vaccinated people when people in Japan can attend even if they have not been vaccinated?

Not to mention the fact that the Japanese themselves can also pass on the virus. Or am I missing something? I'm going nowhere near the games.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Do you think the decision by any group of anonymous residents whether or not to allow spectators from overseas to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will have any influence whatsoever on real-world events?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Yes, I don't agree to disagree. Of course. That is why I voted in this poll.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

If nothing else, Permanent Residents of Japan (a legal title) should be allowed to go to the Olympics after providing proof of vaccination--like Japanese fans.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"Follow the science"...or at least they used to say that. Vaccinated, quarantined, and tested visitors have a ZERO chance of transmitting the virus. Better to fill the stands with these visitors than un-vaccinated Japanese.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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