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The fact that we are so late for the vaccination, it’s really dangerous to host the big international event. This is like a suicide mission.

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Hiroshi Mikitani, founder and chief executive of Japanese online retailer Rakuten Group Inc, who has been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He says the Tokyo Olympics should not be held this year.

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who has been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He says the Tokyo Olympics should not be held this year.

Where are other business leader voices? Still quite?

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Mu full and complete respect for Mikitani san

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For the first time on JT, I agree.

"The fact that we are so late for the vaccination, it’s really dangerous to host the big international event. This is like a suicide mission."

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I supported an athletes only Olympics until I learned that 90,000 staff would also attend!

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Good for him, if only the rest of Japanese business leaders would do the same the government might then listen, they are never going to listen to the public at large (until the Japanese people start to act like a real democracy and hold there elected representatives accountable at the ballot box).

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The Olympic grounds are like a protective bubble which both physically and mentally hide the reality of the pandemic from both sides . The hierarchs brazenly declare the Olympics will go on whether the public likes it or not. We will see what disasters await as the games proceed. Meanwhile, we residents of Japan are living an "olympics" of our own--staying alive in the face of a shortage of vaccines.

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It's vital that the Olympics be held in order to... uh, well, hmmm, I'm not sure why.

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What Olympics???

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