Olympic test events offer chance to assess impact of extreme heat

By Ayano Shimizu and Reito Kaneko

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How much more condescending can the committee get? I mean really now, do they think that the athletes and people who come here to participate or watch the Olympics are NOT going to be aware of the weather?

I want to slap whomever came up with that one, upside their head!

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That fan is a bit patronising.

I feel most Westerner's would know that Japan is hot and humid in Summer and to know what to do and what not not to do accordingly.

Not all people need to be told what to do and think all of the time.....Japan.

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Not all people need to be told what to do and think all of the time.....Japan.

Sure they do! It's JAPAN for cripes sake! (lol!)

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The fan would be more appropriate if it included information on help centers and emergency numbers instead of just some crap us 'westerners' learn in first grade geography class.

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kEeP cOoL

Thanks for the advice

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"It's way too hot. I can't stand the heat unless I take shelter," said Masafumi Kishi.....I wonder what it will be like next year."

When even the locals find the summer heat inhuman then you know that there's a serious issue

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I missed all this emphasis on heat and humidity during the bidding process....

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@lucbrasi, thank you for giving me the perfect chance to (again) quote this shameless BS from the Tokyo governor and chairman of the Olympic bid

“With many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform at their best.”

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I'm not so worried about the athletes - they train for this and can adjust their pace accordingly. It's the spectators who have no idea what they're in for.

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Say out of the sun and hot places

Keep cool

Avoid the Olympics

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If u can't stand the heat, try to be cooler yourself, otherwise just quit the show!

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The Olympics is the perfect place for the New York highway hustlers. Selling bottles of water in the side for ¥100 each.

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It’s fine...according to Japan olympics committee, Aug is sunny and conducive to athletes performing at their best. Just in case they’ll prepare extra ambulances. This is going to be interesting, to say the least...

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I want next year’s athletes to know that they will start sweating at the merest exertion and the sweating won’t cool off their bodies.

It is dangerous to perform at Olympic level in such conditions!

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Why are they talking about the heat of Tokyo now leaving only one year. It is too late. All knew it is very, very foolish to hold any athletic meet at this time of the year in Tokyo. There will be a big confusion.

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Tokyo 2020 will be the worst Olympics in living memory due to the heat amd overcrowding. Visitors will be relieved as they leave.

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"Stay out of the sun and hot places" says the fan.

So that would be "Give Tokyo in late July a miss", then?

What a shambles. They knew 55 years ago that Tokyo in summer is no place for people to be running around and jumping - that's why they shifted it to October. And it was a success.

This is going to be a total disaster, and my grandchildren yet unborn will still be paying for it.

Anyone still spouting the party line about how "Olympic is good for economy" needs a boot in the nads.

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I thought Tokyo had the perfect climate for the summer Olympics. What happened?

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Please forgive me if this is a silly question, but why aren't the olympics being organized indoors? That would resolve all this mumbo jumbo instantly.

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The thermometer may say 35C, but factor in humidity and it feels like 45C. Too hot for the Games.

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The weather in Japan is hot and humid. Avoid running, jumping, shot put, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, soccer, baseball, and watching exciting TV shows.

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Maybe the Tokyo 2020 games will introduce corrected temperatures that include the effect of humidity?

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Double the number of air conditioning units in Tokyo. Problem solved.

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This is all Japan talks about, they never think how to solve the problem but just go on and on about how hot is here.

Plant more Trees in cities and create more shade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's pissing me off how many people here don't think about more green in their cities. They're too negative about it.

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@Farmboy: Avoid running, jumping, shot put, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, soccer, baseball, and watching exciting TV shows

Twenty-something years in here, and I've yet to see an exciting TV show. Infuriating, certainly. Exciting? Nope.

Maybe that should be the Public Health announcement? "Come for the Olympics. Recover from your heatstroke watching our unutterable sh!te on telly."

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People will die of heatstroke

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As the temperature increased, many people took refuge in the shade or under a large mist sprayer installed by the Tokyo metropolitan government, partly because the stands were not covered.

There's something to fix. Add awnings, simple tech.

Too late to plant more trees, though a whole bunch of green pillars like they did in Mexico on their roads (via verde) might be a great relief.

Solutions exist, if they're interested in acting.

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Last week I was at an outdoor music festival where it was 35 degrees all day. I drank about 6 bottles of pocari (which I hate but it was the cheapest and most available drink there) and there were very few shaded areas. Even with my cool sheets, portable fan, cool spray, reapplication of sunscreen, and constant hydration, I still had to be laid down in a shaded area because I felt very ill at around 3pm, and I got slightly sunburnt.

One of the stages was in an unconverted baseball stadium. The plastic seats were burning hot. I could not understand why there wasn't a single shaded area in the stadium.

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uncovered baseball stadium^^

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