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Heat! What heat? Tokyo Olympics would have been on cool side

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By STEPHEN WADE

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Only in japan can constantly rainy, overcast and gloomy weather be considered "good" It's all relative, I guess.

the forecast for next week looks nearly perfect

Huh? Almost every day will be have highs of 32-34 and very humid, just the weather they've been fearing.

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Temperatures this first week have been in the 27-30 Celsius range — low 80sF -- article

We have a word for that here in Texas: May

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 One the Olympics were cancelled it created another timeline where random weather events would be different. 

Okay Spock. That's not how real life works.

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Even if the olympics were held there is no guarantee that the weather would be the same. One the Olympics were cancelled it created another timeline where random weather events would be different. For all we know if the Olympics were held it might be super hot. Silly article.

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Ikee-san, people of Japan thank you for keeping the flame alive . . . .

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I wouldn't say specifically the preparation of the Olympic was a complete waste. For one Japan had intensify it's robot industry to improve it's customer services, secondly major cleaning and green projects were done to improve the surroundings, a lot of useful buildings are build which can hold events and can be put to use if the government really wanted to. While the tourist boom did not happen and many business suffer losses like hotels, restaurants etc, there are a lot of improvements. Security, disasters drills, summer heat prevention etc.

We all must look at it a little more positive. All that effort was not for nothing. Japan worked hard and did improve in many area's to try to look good for the world. Plus best thing is because the tourist boom didn't happen, most of the places had stay clean and the speculating traffic jams didn't happen. Tokyo had always worried that the increase tourists would cause a huge strain to it's subway stations.

Nothing in the world is useless and you can do anything as long you set your mind to it. What the governent need to do now is to be creative and try to see benefits they can make out of all this.

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This has been a cool summer with the extended rainy season.

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Maybe still 'cool' for you peeps in Tokyo now after a long record-breaking rainy season, but we've emerged into full summer in the west, and it's stinking hot, no weather for athletics, so just you wait.

No-one was wrong, apart from the organizers.

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The forecast for next week looks nearly perfect with mild temperatures and more sunshine.

The average high is 32 and the average low is 23 over the next seven days in humid Tokyo. That’s far from “mild”!

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Yes, I'm sure Kyushu, Yamagata and the other flooded areas would have been in a festive mood.

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Yay, one of the biggest wastes of taxpayer money didn’t go ahead.

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More like it would have been on the very rainy side. Pick your poison.

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Isn't hindsight wonderful?

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The Olympics are NOT for 2 weeks.

If they did go ahead - ie no corona - already there would have been many problems.

Many countries teams / athletes would have deployed all over Japan in regional host cities for acclimatizing, training etc. from a month ago. No one arrives the Friday night before. Many of these regions have been hit by high temps, humidity and deadly floods ^ landslides. Yes - places where international athletes and their organizers would have been staying. A lot of people have died recently and 10,000s are suffering from great loss of person & property. Not ideal from a "Welcome to Japan" perspective.

In addition the games will NOT end until Sept 6th. The Paralympics will take place in late August and not end until Sept 6. Many of these athletes, teams, mangers, carers, etc etc will have been in Japan for weeks before the games commence. Mid - Late August is often brutal and many para-olympians require much more care and assistance than fully able bodied athletes. A big challenge.

So this idea of "The weather has been fine is BS".

Some should take a moment to reflect a little deeper on the actual whole games and see what a potentially extremely difficult time these summer games in Japan would be for many.

And then throw in the 100,000s of spectators - many from OS - and that further complicates it all.

If a coolish summer prevails this year, well goodo, but that would be an anomaly that couldn't be counted on again for 2021.

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Olympic Sports is life in full flow. Re-building lives and re-thinking ways and means to sustain life are challenges second to none. We need to put our best foot forward and fight this deadly virus with all our might.

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Purpose of sport is to build ideal humans - physical and spiritual harmony. Today's Olympic is far from the original idea.

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Doesn't matter how it is now, it's unusual weather. The plan was to move the marathon, paint the road with heat absorbing paint, ask people to telework. It was a legitimate concern the fact that it's cool is beside the point it could have gone the other way. And at this time hospitals can't cope with the virus doesn't give confidence for treating thousands of heatstroke victims or many other incidents that occurs at events of this scale. It's over. Let it go, Let it go

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LOL, Tokyo just can't get a break. For years all we've been complaining about is how idiotic it is to schedule the Olympics in July/August due to the heat, and thanks to dumb luck the naysayers (myself included) would have been proven wrong.....if the Olympics had actually happened.

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Maybe all the praying but doing nothing here would have paid off, although we'd only be a week through it, still get heatstroke warnings daily, and false earthquake alarms are going off and disrupting transportation and more, but I see no point in dealing in "what could have been", especially when it's being used as an excuse to avoid dealing with the potential heat even from tomorrow, let alone next year.

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"At present, the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics are going on in an orderly manner as planned, and all parties, including the International Olympic Committee, have spoken highly of the progress in the preparations,” Wang added.

Well, you guys better cut your losses now and shut down shop. It'll be over before it begins.

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