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Sapporo rejects referendum over bidding for 2030 Winter Olympics

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By YURI KAGEYAMA and STEPHEN WADE

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since its polling shows 52% to be in favor

That’s a great piece of ‘argumentation’ especially under but not limited to statistical considerations. lol

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Let them have their Winter Olympics, and a summer one in top! And give everyone 100,000¥, and on and on, man politicians here seem really to go bonkers

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There is one good reason not to have a vote..... they won't like the result.

Please stop wasting our tax money on money pit events like the Olympics.

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The city's assembly, controlled by Japan's Liberal Democratic Party — which is also in charge of the national government — turned down having a public vote. Its meeting was streamed online.

The LDP Olympic Nazis to the Japanese public:

No choice for you!

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rejected holding a referendum to give voters a choice over bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

The people have spoken!

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The people will be against it, and they want to avoid humiliation when the truth comes out (that people don't want this waste of taxpayers' money!)

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Depending on how many people are truly against it, they could organize a boycott of paying their income taxes as an "up yours" to the government.

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Yeah sure, and we don't need elections since LDP is always winning in the pools.

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"52% of the people want it so why vote?"

That's the logic? LOLLLLLLLLL

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Sapporo officials have said there is no need for a referendum since its polling shows 52% to be in favor of an Olympic bid.

Not the real reason.

When voters in other cities have been given a choice, they have consistently rejected holding the Olympic Games, often citing costs and disruptions.

The real reason.

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Sapporo rejects referendum over bidding for 2030 Winter Olympics

The city's assembly, controlled by Japan's Liberal Democratic Party — which is also in charge of the national government — turned down having a public vote.

Looks more like the LDP (not Sapporo) rejected the referendum and has already decided to go forward.

Sapporo officials have said there is no need for a referendum since its polling shows 52% to be in favor of an Olympic bid.

What poll? Oh yeah, your mean THAT poll?

From an JT-article from:

May 3  07:15 am JST

Title: Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34 

Neither Sapporo nor Salt Lake will hold referendums. Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto has said surveys of 10,000 people — online, on-street, and by post — show support at between 52% and 65%, Akimoto has given no details of the methodology or the reliability of the surveys.

Surveys without details of methodology or reliability details will suffice, eh? In other words: no interest in the plebs' opinions, I guess?

Sapporo has placed the cost of staging the Winter Olympics at $2.6 billion, although accurately estimating costs almost eight years in advance is impossible. In addition, Olympics routinely run over budget.

Yeah, and the original Tokyo Olympigs' budget was to be 7.5 bio USD (around 734 bio JPY) and had reached 4 trillion JPY at the last count with maintenance cost for the venues still clocking...

The Olympigs, the "gift" that keeps on stealing...

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If its only the people of Sapporo or Hokkaido paying I don't care.... Waste your own money.

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Sapporo rejects referendum over bidding for 2030 Winter Olympics

So do as you are told Sapporo citizens and enjoy drowning in debt. Have fun, or else.

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""Sapporo officials have said there is no need for a referendum since its polling shows 52% to be in favor of an Olympic bid.""

The key word here is "" its polling"" and we all know what this means.

I believe it should be up to the citizens of any city to decide on hosting any Olympics, after all it's their city and they own it, NOT the city assembly.

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The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City made a $56-million profit. (The LA Olympics did, too, but that was summer.) I'd go with Salt Lake and LA for all Olympics from now on.

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So that same Bach guy gonna be back here to pick up envelopes of money again?

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Sapporo officials have said there is no need for a referendum since its polling shows 52% to be in favor of an Olympic bid.

Yes and I will bet trying to get that 52% polling was very difficult as they selected the best places and people to ask and even then at best they got 52%.

The authorities know the result of a referendum will be NO so no way they are going to chance it.

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At least this way the people will know exactly who to blame for this disaster in the making, should Sapporo get these awful games.

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LDP: We are going to bankrupt your city and you have no say.

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They could have an Olympic charter than limits public financial exposure and requires a public/private partnership to finance the games.

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Japan is still a representative democracy.

Vote them out.

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Liberal Democratic Party…ok?

Vote them out.

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