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Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8

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Douglas. Yes, residents will spend more than tourists in any that year. But they will spend that amount regardless of whether they get seats or not at the Olympics. So not only do they get the money from the resident (who has to spend to live), they will also be getting money from that tourist.

From what i saw on the overseas sites, the ticket sales are exactly the same as the Japanese lottery, but without any of the transparency, plus a healthy markup. You tell them which events you want to go to (and you have no indication of whether you got those tickets or not), and then the reseller wait for tickets to be allocated to them for resale. Then, when tickets are allocated they decide who sell those tickets to.

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I call bs on the "tourists bring more money into the economy" claims. They come here once in a year or less, drop money on the flight, hotel, food, shopping/services, and are out. Residents here will spend more than these tourist in the same year period.

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You might have to take a train 30 mins outside Tokyo, but there will be places available. It's much easier for those of us living here to do that than people visiting from overseas.

HBJ,

I don't share your optimism, I live within an hours drive of Tokyo, but since I will be working doing crap for these games & have ero interest seeing events not an issue for me, but I suspect outlying accommodation is being sucked up quicker than you think

And I know countries & federations, IOC sponsors etc have all BLOCKED rooms in the city ages ago with the help of the govt, it will be a real task for locals & YES brutal for overseas visitors,

I am absolutely dreading next summer, just hope simply to make it out alive

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Most of the tickets do not go to tourists. Most if the tickets got to athlete's, their family, politicans, diplomats, sponsors. Just look for empty seats, if you didn't pay for your ticket it's not a big deal if you miss the event. It's not right. Tax payers should have first go at the tickets.

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What? Previous news reports have said that around 30% of the tickets have been reserved for international spectators and that the organizers specifically want the majority to go to locals.

Funny thing is people here complain that most tickets go to tourists but people abroad complain that most tickets are going to locals. Who knows? I can say that tickets were easier to buy on the U.S. resale site. They have already had a handful of sales on tickets and a lot of the times they release tickets without warning so you don't have to deal with server traffic. I must say 3x3 basketball is generally the easiest to get.

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more like not-a-chance lottery. There are too many people vying for tickets so to think there won't be further complaints is rather unlikely

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Kobe White Bar OwnerToday  07:59 am JST

“90% of tickets reserved for sale to tourists...”

What? Previous news reports have said that around 30% of the tickets have been reserved for international spectators and that the organizers specifically want the majority to go to locals.

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@Blacklabel - if you live here, you can get a ticket. It might be for a less popular event, but them's the breaks. The article even tell us some of the sports which fall into that category.

@HBJ - the reason why there are 680,000 tickets left is that many, many sessions were under-subscribed. You can reasonably assume that all of the opening ceremony tickets sold. You can also reasonably assume that there are plenty of tickets left for the women's hockey group stage matches, for example.

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Just do it all at once for Buddha’s sakes. Why the suspense?

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@GW You might have to take a train 30 mins outside Tokyo, but there will be places available. It's much easier for those of us living here to do that than people visiting from overseas.

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680,000 tickets were 'won' but failed to pay for in the first lottery, or the organizers intentionally kept some tickets aside for a second lottery?

I'm thankful to get a second chance either way!

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If you live away from Tokyo be careful if you win tickets as accommodation is likely to be NON-EXISTANT !!

Just sayin!

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My taxes are used to pay for it but I can’t get a ticket. At the same time the NHK will likely be banging on my door as I watch on TV. Gotta love Japan.

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Kobe White Bar Owner - it sucks for us here, but i can understand that decision (it is actually much less, but still yes there are a lot reserved for people outside of Japan). Tourists bring more dollars into the economy, tourism is the main goal of spending so much on the olympic facilities.

I anticipate this will be one of the most popular olympics in recent years. Not only do so many Japanese want to go, but Japan as a destination is quite popular overseas, and what better excuse to finally make that trip here.

FYI they were explaining last night that the second lottery has a couple of caveats and if you dont choose your sessions correctly, your application is turned down automatically, with no warnings. Something about having your first and second choice be events on the same timeslot.

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90% of tickets reserved for sale to tourists...

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@zizou2016 - As long as you are a resident of Japan you can purchase tickets. Nationality doesn't matter.

"Only residents of Japan will be able to purchase tickets through the Official Ticket Website"

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because tickets are never put all on sale in once. The JOC keeps some , adding with some later resale.

Sorry, my comment was meant to be sarcastic, not literal. The organizers were overwhelmed by the response they got the first time and couldn't believe the number of people that applied to get the chance to purchase tickets.

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Is that for Japanese residents or residents in JJapan.

I am a resident here but a foreign resident, in Japan. Am I out???

@Yubaru

because tickets are never put all on sale in once. The JOC keeps some , adding with some later resale.

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Why in the world would there be any unsold tickets whatsoever?

Right it's because out of the 4 million plus applicants who never got a chance to buy a ticket, the organizers want to leave some "hope".

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The second-phase lottery, open to all Japanese residents, will be held in the autumn. The organizers will also set up booths in Tokyo next spring to offer unsold tickets.

Why in the world would there be any unsold tickets whatsoever?

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