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Games can inspire Fukushima youth: Tokyo bid director

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Using the victims as a prop while they live in shacks 2 and a half years later.. Could the organizers stoop any lower?

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Agree completely hoserfella - I,m sure if the government and country put 110% effort into fixing issues affecting Tohoku / Fukushima the people there would be way inspired also. There is plenty of money for the Olympics but things such as the free medical screening of the Fukushima kids to continue assessing the radiation effects long term got cut because of budget "constraints". How inspiring is that ?

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“We convey our thoughts to the people of Fukushima but we hope that by hosting the Games it will bring inspiration and solace to the children of the area.”

Just STOP!

This is disgusting. It's just as bad as how the Boston Bruins tried to use the bombings as pity-fodder.

Japanese International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and bid chief Tsunekazu Takeda recalled earlier this year how when they arrived the children were crying with grief, but they were smiling when they departed - albeit still crying but from fatigue - having been distracted by playing sports with some of their heroes.

That has NOTHING to do with the 2020 Olympics. I'm betting all of those kids would have been even happier if it had been a visit from their favourite baseball and/soccer team.

Also, this line:

Japanese International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and bid chief Tsunekazu Takeda recalled earlier this year how when they arrived the children were crying with grief

STINKS of lies. Why doesn't anyone call him out on this? Kids are still crying from grief 2+ years later? Yeah, okay.

and this:

albeit still crying but from fatigue - having been distracted by playing sports with some of their heroes.

Seriously? If there was an Olympic event for lying, this dude would be a gold medalist.

The games will NOT "inspire Fukushima youth". If you really want to inspire them, how about doing more to help the people who are still having a bad time? A sports event hundreds of kilometers away from Fukushima, 7 years from now, that nobody really cares much about (unless you read the rigged support polls), will inspire nobody.

“I would like to reiterate that the (g)overnment will be responsible for the clean-up.”

Then WHY haven't they kicked TEPCO out of there and actually done something yet?

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Ever see someone collecting welfare talk about what they have bought recently? That's what these Olympics are to Tokyo.

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Pathetic

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God I am SO tired of these morons using the disaster in Fukushima to try and prop up construction companies and government in Tokyo. How, pres tel, will these games inspire a kid still living in a gymnasium because the money for the bids was not used on his/her family?

This is simply a very desperate, extremely pathetic, and VERY immoral attempt to try and counter the fact that they have not contained the problem in Fukushima. I pray Japan does not get the Olympics for this kind of reason.

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What Arakida doesn't mention is Japanese society now views the Fukushima residents as "tainted" or dirty and will face the same curious ostracism that Hiroshima victims did.

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Games can inspire Fukushima youth: Tokyo bid director

So can honest, non corrupt, thinking outside the box leaders. These guys always want to sound like prophets. Hypocrits.

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Inspire them to get as far away as possible!

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Arrrrggh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Once I heard an American say that "radiation is a political problem." Seems that it isn't just American politicians that can wave a magic want and make it go away but the Japan IOC has the magic power over radiation as well.

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I think TEPCO and the responsible covernment should be very proud of themselves.

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My BS meter just went code brown!

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Yo! IOC, are you reading these comments? Fukushima should be the focus of Japan, not Tokyo. 2020, anywhere but Tokyo, we have enough work to do here.

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I don't see this logic, I'm to be inspired by an international event being hosted in the capital, while my hometown's reconstruction is stalled. How is that inspiring, from a nationalist view, their is more money to host foreigners than to take care of your people?

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