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Although there were pros and cons over Bach’s visit, we judged that paying for the security costs would obtain support from local residents.


A Hiroshima prefectural government official, speaking about the 3.79 million yen in security costs that the Hiroshima prefectural and municipal governments had to pay for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach's July 16 visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which many citizens opposed.

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You chose poorly.

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Well you got that one wrong!

The officials who made this fatuous decision should cover the cost, out of their nice fat pensions perhaps? Might encourage them to reconnect with the populace.

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unbelievable. But then again, this is japan

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Bach is not a head of state. Let him pay his own costs for ‘the sympathy show’ he wanted to put on.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

So much corruption, at every level, down to the most remote municipalities and their profiteers that had NO connect to the proposed Tokyo venue, other than it was Bach himself wanting to visit there. -

11 ( +12 / -1 )

The poor citizens of Hiroshima may need to physically remove those in local government involved in these stupid decisions?

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3.79 million...for a day trip, imagine the total cost to us of that filthy mans stay in Japan.

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It's funny. If the olympics are the ultimate case of "bringing the world together through sport in a spirit of brotherhood", and so on, surely Bach would be the most popular man in the world and wouldn't need an entire phalanx of security men and hangers-on to visit Hiroshima. He could just buy himself a shinkansen ticket (heck, he could probably buy the train itself with his pocket change) and grab a cab at the station. He'd be given a hero's welcome.

It's almost as if the whole charade is falling apart.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Was Japanese SWAT there as well?

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3.79 million yen in security costs

That is roughly 35 000USD. For one person.

Like Abe and his visits to Yasukuni - why couldn't Bach have visited Hiroshima as an ordinary visitor, a civilian? Why did it have to be an official visit? And an official visit by whom? THE IOC? Who is it? Is Bach the president? Is he the prime minister or the emperor of some distant land? This is a simple publicity stunt. That's all it is. Absolutely disgusting and another disgrace to the place. Politicians and bigwigs making politics on a place where many people have died and vanished.

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The officials who made this fatuous decision should cover the cost

The officials who made this fatuous decision should not only cover the cost, but also pay a huge fine and be summarily dismissed from their posts for actively encouraging non-urgent, non-essential travel across country during a State of Emergency.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Absolutely obscene.

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Why would Bach need a security detail?

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Bach is one of those unelected members of an organisation where there is zero transparency. His visit to Hiroshima was unnecessary. He should have paid from his own pocket, and this is not counting the cost of his stay in a luxury hotel in Tokyo. Sorry for the Japanese tax payers who are going to foot the bill. This man has become too big for his boots.

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I understand WHY he needs security, being so utterly hated that he is, BUT then HE should PAY for his own security & all transport etc etc etc etc etc etc!! For this STUPID insincere trip to Hiroshima.....as another said such a disgrace!!

Especially with all the havoc the ioc has wrecked upon Japan!!!!

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He's not the president of a country, just a glorified event producer/ marketing manager of a bloated NGO, with one job every two years.

And breaking the rules of his so-called 'Olympic playbook'

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You reap what you sow, people. The people that made this decision were elected, same as those who choses the Olympics to begin with. Maybe they should remember that from time to time when elections roll around, instead of choosing the same people again.

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And Bach stabbed them in the back by refusing a moment of silence for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

You chose the wrong one baby.

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