In this Feb 2 photo, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike speaks at the opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, which will host the volleyball and wheelchair basketball competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo: REUTERS file
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Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says

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By Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases.

Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.

The 2020 Olympics were scheduled to start this month but were postponed because of the coronavirus. Koike has pledged to win public support for the Games, although a media survey showed a majority think they should be cancelled or postponed again.

"I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind," Koike told Reuters in an online interview.

She declined to specify a deadline for deciding if the Games could go ahead.

A media-savvy former television announcer who speaks English and Arabic, Koike is to many a paradox: a global thinker with a nationalist tinge; a political outsider who advanced with help from old-boy mentors, and a risk-taker who shied away from the big gamble of running for parliament in 2017 as head of her upstart Party of Hope.

The party floundered after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election.

Instead, Koike stayed on as Tokyo governor and has won plaudits for her straight-talking handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in contrast to what critics called Abe's clumsy response.

She was re-elected by a landslide last week, reigniting talk she has a shot at becoming Japan's first woman prime minister.

On Monday, she sought to brush such speculation aside.

"I'm happy that people have hopes for me but I received support for a second term as governor," she said. "I want to protect the lives and health of the people of Tokyo by addressing the immediate issue of policies for the coronavirus. That is my greatest mission."

Tokyo's jump in COVID-19 cases comes as Abe's government prepares to launch a campaign to promote domestic tourism, but that has raised concern about spreading the virus outside the capital.

Koike said it was important both to contain the virus and revive the slumping economy.

"At present, a tough situation continues but ... by taking a proper response in Tokyo, I want to advance both the prevention of infections and social and economic activity," she said.

Tokyo accounts for about 20% of Japan's economy.

Koike, who clashed with Abe's administration over the timing of a state of emergency, and over which businesses to target for shutdowns, said she wanted greater clarity on local governments' authority during the crisis.

A veteran member of parliament before defying Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to make her 2016 bid for governor, Koike also wants to make the metropolis a global financial centre by luring foreign talent.

Still, speculation persists that she could yet aim for Japan's top job.

She has already broken several glass ceilings: first female governor of Tokyo, Japan's first female defense minister and the first woman to run for LDP president.

But creating a new political machine to vault her to the top would be tough, political analysts said.

"Does she have what it takes to be prime minister? Absolutely. But she doesn't have the political machine that can make it happen," said a source who has advised Koike for years.

A return to the LDP fold would also face obstacles, given that mutual antagonism runs deep.

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I like how the Japanese government is so desperate to hold the Olympics. As if they're living on another planet, the whole world is struggling stand up again on its feet while in Japan every day someone goes on tv and reminds the world about some meaningless games.

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Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus

So no consideration about the realities of how the pandemic might play out - just continuing with the rhetoric and catch phrases to keep investors and sponsors happy.

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Great - hold the Olympics for all countries which have overcome Covid-19. New Zealand takes all gold, silver, and bronze - by default of course since no other country can participate.

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“Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places”

Such BS. Japan’s rate of testing for the virus is pathetic.

8 ( +24 / -16 )

An attempt to save face...

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Tokyo 2024, Paris 2028.

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Japan can run the games, but whether anyone turn up for it is another matter.

I don't think there's a lot of trust in the Japanese covid figures at the moment. Then there's how the rest of the world not exactly defeating covid.

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Koike san was voted in as the Gov ~ against my better thinking ~ so she must know something the rest of us do not. She can see the future. She can see a trend. She is superwomen. Go! Go! COVID ~ 19 Olympics!

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What!?!

is there not another article in the top headlines today with Koike complaining about Abe’s travel compensations?

It is like putting cooling and heating systems on at the same time. 

FYI Koike, you cannot celebrate overcoming something while you’re overwhelmed by it. At least you can’t do a good job

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The Olympics are good to go since Japan is in fact doing a better job at fighting the virus before you know it the Olympics will happen next year very safely

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The term "must" is riiculous. "Shoud" is fine provided the world has gotten COVID19 under control by then to be even able to participate.

Kitchener LeslieToday  07:05 am JST

“Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places”

Such BS. Japan’s rate of testing for the virus is pathetic.

Look at their death numbers. And ICU capacities. Sure increased testing will raise case numbers, but that's meaningless. There is still no established treatment if a person tests positive.

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We heard this BS before when they claimed the Olympics was about Fukushima! Where is Fukushima in the Olympics equation?

It is about greedy companies like the ultra-conservative APA hotel trying getting some money from all the new hotels that they constructed in Tokyo. Notice how the push for the Olympics and the infection numbers all jumped after the elections.

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OK Koike

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Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places

Why doesn't the news media also add, "But more than some other places" ie New Zealand.

And the Olympics should be held as a symbol of overcoming the coronavirus – Just as soon as the coronavirus is overcome; In Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028!

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"Koike," a big fish in a small pond.

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Don't go all Trump, Govener!

Am dying to see the Games, but would rather not risk dying..

Let's wait and listen to the experts.

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Sheer lunacy.

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The very definition of “hell bent”

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How about overcoming covid-19 first then think about the Olympics

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When events “must go ahead as a symbol” you know they have no meaning.

Snap election in November/ December..... Cancellation announcement in January.

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Everything about the modern Olympics -- the torch relay and grand pageantry was started by -- you guessed it -- the Germans at the 1936 Olympics -- cancel the Olympics -- they are racist and promote nationalism!!!

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Must go ahead? Why? It's over. Just cash for the same people, and Fuckashima? Isn't that/wasn't that the whole point of having the Olympics being held in oppressive heat and humidity...the whole whole enterprise started in greed and madness looks like it will end the same way.

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That go to campaign will really help the odds of the Olympics. More like lets go Corona.

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Great - hold the Olympics for all countries which have overcome Covid-19. New Zealand takes all gold, silver, and bronze - by default of course since no other country can participate.

You are forgetting non-Japanese residents already in the country. We can compete too! I can row a boat!

Unfortunately, all the US team need to do is join the military and fly in via Kadena.

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What is it when politicians constantly dangle some flashy side show piece of entertainment in front of the jobless electorate whilst jobs are being cut and people are living in shelters?

In context, the Olympics is just a wasteful extravaganza...

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Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says

Let me fix that for you:

Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of stupidity and complete disregard for public health by us with regards to COVID-19.

She's such a complete imbecile and a fool!

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Think Aly all involved in this travesty have well and truly displayed their imbacilc personality, greed to an extent that's offencive.

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We are two years away from having enough vaccines.

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Far too early to make that call. Did she ask the DoJ if it's down with allowing tens of thousands of foreigners to enter the country every week for the duration? Or considered that nobody is going to attend, anyway...

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She’s nothing but Abe with a wig.

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The Olympics was why Japan was limiting testing in the first place. Now testing will never increase. The title of this article should be “Testing must remain limited so that we can continue to show fake virus case numbers in order to hold the Olympics.”

Japan is conducting only 2.5% of the number of tests other countries. That means the real case numbers might be some 40 times higher than reported. The Olympics “must” go ahead explains why very clearly

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The virus will dictate that not you

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Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places "

Enough with this BS propaganda line that is rolled out in each article about corona in Japan. If you test 10 times less you get 10 times fewer cases. Anyone with a working brain knows that. Why isnt Japan testing the 30 thousand daily Abe Inc proclaims they have the capacity to do? Nothing to do with pushing the " safety Japan " crap to make sure the Olypic billions the cronies were promised come home to roost hey?

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One aspect that is guaranteed from Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike whether a one line interview, or a customary press conference, one sound-bite will be followed by another.

“I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike told Reuters in an online interview.

On Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike landslide victory, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike insisted, vowing to tackle COVID-19 crisis.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike also pledged to make preparations to prevent another wave of viral infections, while at the same time putting in place effective measures for continued economic/business activity.

“The most urgent problem now is dealing with the virus.”……..

However, to state that the Olympics must go ahead next year is ill-considered and frivolous……

And then to decline to specify a deadline for deciding if the Games could go ahead will send broadcasters and sponsors into a nervous breakdown.

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I'm confident that the Olympics will run next year 100% guaranteed

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Koike says Tokyo Olympics will be held. That is fine, but what if no athletes and no visitors came to Tokyo from all over the world next July? No one would not want to get infected in stadiums and crowds.

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@Kwatt

their will be a lot of athletes coming since they want to compete for a medal but maybe a small number of fans. Tokyo Olympics will run safely next year

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I support the Olympic plan. Not because of economy. Because of national depression. Talking about MOOD. MORALE. Talking about suicides! Talking about crime arising from depression.

I was never a fan of the noisy Gion Matsuri in Kyoto. But cancelling it? That’s wrong! Okay, cancel crowded parades, street festivals. But not everything! Kyoto doesn’t even mention Gion Matsuri. This is wrong!

And Tokyo Disney. Cancelled Christmas celebrations for end of the year. There’s real mood uplifting for ya! Thanks a hellava lot. And “cancelling” does not just mean dancing and shows - You can be sure there will not even be a mention or Christmas dress costume.

So sad, pathetic!

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@James

"No one come" I said is too much, however not many people would come to Tokyo next year. Athletes who really don't care about the virus would come to get medals. As I said, not many. Olympics will be not Olympics any more.

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If America can't get COVID19 under control, we have to keep them out. They'll just have to watch on TV. Athletes can be checked. The tourists cannot be completely checked.

Be vigilant! They will do anything to get to this event. Travelers lie about how many cigarettes they have, they lie about any recent illness, so they will definitely lie about any Coronavirus tests.

I understand Koike. You have an election to win. Say what you need to say. We won't know until next year if you'll REALLY allow the World into Tokyo.

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@kwatt

but some people might still have some guts to come because Japan is in fact doing a very good job at slowing down the virus despite a more recent spike in cases. Athletes will come since they trained for years. I'm very certain that the Olympics will run very safe next year since Japan knows how to successfully pull of some crazy stuff. In fact japan for covid cases is very low and in my country Canada we are still ahead of Japan but doing a way better job overall then other countries

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus

I appreciate the sentiment and the political imperative behind it, but if Gov Koike isn't careful and the Games go ahead regardless then the Olympics are in danger of becoming a symbol of the world's inability to beat the coronavirus, rather than the positive boost she's hoping for.

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They might come but have to lock down for weeks when they get home. Not the holiday I'd want.

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@James

Athletes' nations will decide to let them go to Japan or not until end of the year. Most countries would not let them go to Japan if athletes and visitors come from such still biggest infected countries. Japan's Olympics is depending on their nations decisions.

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Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19

Should read.

Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of allowing COVID-19 run its course.

Or

Olympics must go ahead next year to celebrate herd immunity winning over massive testing.

Well in the later case, Gold will go to Japan, silver to sweden and bronze to any small island that was paid to attend.

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A media-savvy former television announcer who speaks English and Arabic, Koike is to many a paradox: a global thinker with a nationalist tinge; a political outsider who advanced with help from old-boy mentors, and a risk-taker who shied away from the big gamble of running for parliament in 2017 as head of her upstart Party of Hope.

Wow, hyping to the Nth degree.

Speaking English doesn't make one a globalist. Yea. DT is also a global thinker with a nationalist tinge MAGA

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No vaccine, then no games. The window is rapidly closing for Tokyo. Vaccinations will have to be universal worldwide in less than a year's time and I can't see that happening.

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"I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind," Koike told Reuters in an online interview.

Sure, assuming of course the world has overcome the coronavirus by then. I mean if so, if the world has it under control enough the game to go ahead, then by all means have them go ahead. That would be great, and excellent symbolism.

But right now, it doesn’t look very good. And as some of you pointed out, if that’s the case, then no, let’s not have the Olympics. Or at least postpone it by another year anyway, if we still don’t have it under control.

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Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19

Last time, the excuse was, for the benefit of Fukushima. Well, now that Fukushima has been swept under the rug, COVID is the new excuse. Japan may be doing better than Europe and the Americas, but that's not saying much. Unlike many of its neighbouring countries, Japan just cannot stop the 'bleeding' - it's as if there's no blood clotting and the open wound is getting bigger, slowly but surely.

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases.

World unity. Yeah. Sure. Overcoming something that shows no signs of slowing down yet. You go ahead. My cheeks will be united sitting on my couch watching whatever may be on and not really giving a bleep.

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The 2107 expectations for foreign tourists attending 2020 Tokyo Olympics is 920,000 in an around Tokyo per day ...

Even with a reduction of around 50%, how with the silent dangers and effects of a lethal pandemic can any politician with there head on the right way up be confident that there is not a danger of a catastrophic outbreak.    

Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says.......

Bonkers seriously, loony tunes.

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"I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,"

No, you want to hold them out of greed, reputation, and money. No one who wants the things you say you want would be willing to put people's lives at risk for sport.

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memoryfixToday  09:21 am JST

I support the Olympic plan. Not because of economy. Because of national depression. Talking about MOOD. MORALE. Talking about suicides! Talking about crime arising from depression. 

I was never a fan of the noisy Gion Matsuri in Kyoto. But cancelling it? That’s wrong! Okay, cancel crowded parades, street festivals. But not everything! Kyoto doesn’t even mention Gion Matsuri. This is wrong!

And Tokyo Disney. Cancelled Christmas celebrations for end of the year. There’s real mood uplifting for ya! Thanks a hellava lot. And “cancelling” does not just mean dancing and shows - You can be sure there will not even be a mention or Christmas dress costume.

So sad, pathetic!

All these mixed messages are intentional, to confuse and anger the average person so they'll be begging the powers-that-probably-shouldn't-be for a solution -- anything that will return things to a semblance of what they used to be.

Is there a prize for guessing what that panacea will be?

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and of strengthened bonds among humankind

I can't honestly think of how bonds among humankind have been strengthened from this pandemic. Countries have closed their borders, an increased bitterness towards the Chinese, a distrust towards government and health officials, an increased wealth gap between the rich and the poor, widespread global unemployment, racial tensions, crime, and political instability in many countries. I can go on and on.

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All these mixed messages are intentional, to confuse and anger the average person so they'll be begging the powers-that-probably-shouldn't-be for a solution

So you're suggesting Gov. Koike, the IOC, the organisers of the Gion Matsuri, the owners of Disneyland and presumably many others are all involved in a conspiracy to intentionally spread mixed messages among the community? Wow.

Is there a prize for guessing what that panacea will be?

You tell us. What is it?

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And keep in mind that this is the very same woman who said the very same things about 2020 before postponement, saying they would be a symbol of not only the restoration of areas where people are STILL in shelters, and of course alleviate the suffering of atomic bomb victims ("the only nation ever to have suffered a nuclear attack"), and look where we are now. Imagine if we had listened to Abe and Koike's insistence on having the Games in a week. But for public and international pressure, they would have gone ahead with it for sure, and thousands upon thousands would have gotten sick and many of them died. Now, once again, she's using the same sorry rationale and predicting it'll all be over, etc., and all for her massive ego.

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Is there a prize for guessing what that panacea will be?

You tell us. What is it?

Use your imagination. It's not that hard to figure out if you read the news for more than 2 minutes a day.

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That will never happen.

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Holding the Olympics is her goal but for it to happen in the proposed time frame countries and people need to work together to overcome the tough situation we're all experiencing at the moment.

I guess it's an exhortation to work together and if successful then the Olympics could well symbolize the effort.

Of course if we here are representative of what our countries will say and do then chances of it coming to pass is probably near zero

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At least Koike is honest.

The only priority is to scrape some Yen back from the investment and construction.

Public health? Nah...

When the IOC pulls the plug, they’ll just hold the All Japan Sports Festival and allow audiences of 5000 daily.

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I see Fukushima has been KICKED to the CURB...…..

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Its only rock and roll...The 2107 expectations for foreign tourists attending 2020 Tokyo Olympics is 920,000 in an around Tokyo per day ...

So on one day they are expecting almost THREE times as many foreign Olympic visitors than any other Olympic even gets during the entire games?

Over the month they could hope for 300,000-350,000 foreign visitors. About the same as the Rugby World Cup.

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A symbol of overcoming COVID-19? Does she have a crystal ball? Tokyo is far from controlling this virus and unless they take sone proactive on not reactive measures they will never be in control of it.

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"I want to protect the lives and health of the people of Tokyo by addressing the immediate issue of policies for the coronavirus. That is my greatest mission."

Really?? She only wants to protect the lives of people in Tokyo. I need to move back from saitama to Tokyo so I can receive that special treatment. I feel sorry for the rest of the prefecture but it seems even though she is a governor but still only Tokyo??

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Cant she be referring to Tokyo prefecture?

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Maybe the slogan can be "Go To Olympics!"

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kyronstavicToday 11:11 am JST

Is there a prize for guessing what that panacea will be?

You tell us. What is it?

Use your imagination. It's not that hard to figure out if you read the news for more than 2 minutes a day.

Dear me, cobber, I read the news for waaaay longer than that. I can read the news for hours! Apart from my usual left-wing MSM fodder, I even read the Weekend Australian, print version, on a Saturday (you know, to get the other side of things) and I still can't figure it out!

Still, at least now I know how long you think it takes to become a well-informed person capable of figuring out the things that the lesser-informed can't. Two minutes a day, right? That your minimum, or maximum?

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Koike's hyperbolic "must" is just par for another cheerleading official personality succumbing to the common occupational hazard of politicians: self-delusion in believing their own hype and vainly attempting to impose their hallucinatory visions on the reality of the world by means of wishful thinking. I'm assuming that Covid-20 will be around next summer, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that she doesn't have a prayer.

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How about just doing your job Ko-ike?

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Mr Kipling, yes my friend........

From 2016 numbers Bank of Japan......

During the event, up to 920,000 spectators are expected to visit Tokyo per day.....

https://www.boj.or.jp/en/research/brp/ron_2016/data/ron160121b.pdf

The Government and people have invested probably there life savings in making this games a success. I spent silly crazy money on purchasing tickets for my nieces and nephews. Opening and closing ceremonies hotels you name it. You win some, you lose some.

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Big Yen, I spend loads of time, usually a couple of hours at least, reading through the news - mainstream stuff from the left and right (like the Australian, Age, SMH online - can't get the print editions) , and read/watch stuff that you would probably wrongly call "conspiracy rubbish" (for the record, not Infowars just in case you were going to throw that one out there). And I look for the facts, omissions and half-truths. Nobody has a monopoly on the truth, but applying a critical eye to the news and looking at different sources, primary if possible, helps to sort the wheat from the chaff.

BigYenToday  10:59 am JST

All these mixed messages are intentional, to confuse and anger the average person so they'll be begging the powers-that-probably-shouldn't-be for a solution

So you're suggesting Gov. Koike, the IOC, the organisers of the Gion Matsuri, the owners of Disneyland and presumably many others are all involved in a conspiracy to intentionally spread mixed messages among the community? Wow.

Ridiculous red herring. Festival organisers, Disney etc are just going along with what they think they're supposed to do, but I think they're over-reacting. The IOC are as corrupt as can be -- that's no secret or conspiracy. Koike, who the heck knows what she really thinks. But she's not doing much to suppress the climate of fear about this virus with manipulated reporting of the numbers, while still vainly trying or pretending to try to get the Olympics going next year. There's a huge mixed message right there.

If you've got all the answers, I'd love to hear them.

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Sorry, number are from the introduction ......

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Tokyo Governor said 'the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming coronavirus'. The pandemic is far from over, where comes the 'overcoming'?

It seems too early for her to make such statement or prediction. Probably she is in a euphoric mood.

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Must go on with the Olympics? No.

Forget it? Yes.

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kyronstavic:

Like your first para even if I don't agree with everything in it - you're right about the "conspiracy rubbish", wrong about the "wrongly" but I recognise you're making as much of an effort to stay informed as I am, even though we don't see things the same way. Remarkable how people can go through more or less the same media and arrive at such different political positions.

Ridiculous red herring.

Your fish, not mine. You're the one who initially chose to quote someone else's mentions of those people and organisations in your own post and commented below it that all of those "mixed messages" were "intentional," the purpose of that being "to confuse and anger the average person so they'll be begging the powers-that-probably-shouldn't-be for a solution." I guess whatever the solution is that you imagine the powers-that-probably-shouldn't-be might offer will have to remain your secret.

Everything in your paragraph that followed the word "herring" I don't really have any argument with.

If you've got all the answers, I'd love to hear them.

I don't have any answers. I have a news-reading-informed-as much-as-I-can-be guess, which is that barring a miracle the Olympics are doomed, and Gov. Koike is whistling in the wind.

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Time to get the insurance and promote the venues for all Japanese activities. Time to stop being a prisoner of the Olympics mindset. Move on

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If they want to hold the games next year, the participants and staff will be able to quarantine just fine leading up to the competitions, but the spectators will be a whole different problem.

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I hope the Olympics is cancelled. Japan may have lower death/infection rates than some other countries (if we are to believe what our backwards, lying government say), but there have still been alot of infections and deaths.

Aso's mindo nonsense was proved to be utter noise, and now we have this dinosaur Koike who is just as bad as brain-dead Abe and his ojisan zombie brigade.

Cancel the Olympics and spend the money working with other countries to find a vaccine.

Self important, self congratulatory and nationalist Japan.

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We may hear "The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead Next Year"... being said again, .... next year, and so on....

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Big Yen,

Fair enough. I probably should have picked out the parts a little more carefully.

In any case, I do agree with you that the way we interpret facts will be influenced by our experience and, to a certain extent, our brain wiring. I think it's important to try and look at things as objectively as possible based on reason and evidence, make logical connections and draw conclusions.

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She's under pressure to get the olympics going. THEY got her re elected so she can PUSH for the olympics to proceed so THEY can try and recoup some of, if any of THEIR investment. IF some else was elected then no dice as some platforms were campaigning with canceling the olympics altogether:)

There's a song by "Drowning Pool" about what will happen if the Olympics don't proceed:)

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Bringing only the athletes/coaches in may be the best solution if Japan is indeed intent on holding the games.

Last week's Diamond League multi-city event definitely didn't work out too well. Noah Lyles running a "world record" 18.9 second 200m. Unfortunately for him it was only 185 m.

Logistics nightmare to do remote events where conditions are different and officials standards could vary.

Great - hold the Olympics for all countries which have overcome Covid-19. New Zealand takes all gold, silver, and bronze - by default of course since no other country can participate.

I think many dual citizen pro athletes based in Japan would fair well against NZ :)

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She has gotta be kidding.

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"Must"?

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Objective: "Bringing only the athletes/coaches in may be the best solution if Japan is indeed intent on holding the games."

And would you allow such people from, say, the US right now? Would you demand they quarantine in a hotel (unable to train) for two weeks until the events start, taking time off their careers back home? Now, keep in mind, they are not letting in people from overseas except for business, so why should athletes and coaches be allowed? Are they immune? Are they free from carrying? No... if it's about safety they must be banned as well, plain and simple. And if it's not about safety, if it's just about the Games, then it is unsafe to have them.

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Savvy doesn’t mean smart. Fuku...Fukushima?

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but some people might still have some guts to come because Japan is in fact doing a very good job at slowing down the virus despite a more recent spike in cases.

Yeah, doing so well, they still won't let foreigners in, and I, as a long-term resident, can't leave without being locked out.

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Japan should not have this Olympic Games since the beginning, they were planned just to cover their failure with Fukushima. The fire enter by Matsushima, which hasnt be that bad because of the tsunami but it was for the preparation for the OG. (they killed many trees).

Then, they were very stubborn to try to keep the Games, they even hide the numbers of Covid infected people until the Olympic Committee said ok we will move them to next year, the next day an actor was dead of Covid (that info was kept in secret ) the graphics showed the high numbers of ill people.

And why do they want that international event, if Japan doesnt care about foreigners, they treated very bad the people on the cruise.

Finally, this OG are very expensive, for those who pay taxes, we want to see our money in other useful things rather that OG.

I hope they get completely cancelled

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Adz

Finally, this OG are very expensive, for those who pay taxes, we want to see our money in other useful things rather that OG.

Too late the money is already spent. $25 billion.

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It is impossible to predict what the world will be in shape during this pandemic so why even discuss future events.

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"Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says"

Here's the rub. If there is so much as a trace of the pandemic present at the 2020 {2021) Olympics there will be a disaster. It will a symbol of the stupidity and arrogance of Koike.

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Sports and games bring people together to celebrate the gift of life. Hope for a healthier world, a safer world, and a better world for all, is a positive attitude in these testing times.

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And afterthought. Not a lot of people go to bars and theaters but millions take the cramped commuter trains every day. They are likely gold mines of infection.

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"The Olympic Games must go on next year" Too early to make that statement. But when do politicians ever make statements that make any sense?

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I agree. However, whilst statistically the deaths are minimal, people are still fearmongering and unless a vaccine is created then the games will probably not go ahead.

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She 'must' be off her rocker!

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And what if the coronavirus has not been overcome?

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Tokyo Governor said 'the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming coronavirus'. The pandemic is far from over, where comes the 'overcoming'?

It seems too early for her to make such statement or prediction. Probably she is in a euphoric mood.

EXACTLY '! She is getting high off of the election dopamine spike for being re-selected as governor of Tokyo.

Definitely her high is speaking more than reality. I think Japan will be hit hard like New York sooner or later at this rate of JAV clumsiness. In the mean time... me being super smart i stay home and chillax. Stay safe as you bet your life on KO-IKE.

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Koike wants to hold the Olympics in 2021. This explains why Japan is testing so few people. Japan has to hide the covid-19 problem, to hold the Olympics even if the pandemics stays the same or gets worse.

At the same time Japan does not even allow in its foreign residents. It is one of the few countries to behave so badly. The covid-19 crisis has shown the ugly face of Japanese government. Its only concern is not to lose face. But with such a xenophobic behavior (keeping even foreign residents out) and their lies, the government is guaranteed to lose face. It is so sad for Japan!

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Koike is delusional

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Such a cliff hanger for those with game tickets - to go or not to go - Hoping for vaccine

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I'm a contrarian. I now hate the Olympics.

It's just a con to throw contracts to companies, get kick backs, underhand cash to Olympic committee people, over priced nonsense with professional athletes now.

Everything in our lives is now crass commercialism and advertising.

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Yes. Funny talk when foreign residents of Japan are still not allowed back into the country.

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Arrived in Japan 2016. Every evening news was about Tokyo 2020 and koike complaining about the high costs she had inherited. I quickly learnt that she is a true politician and I quickly lost all interest in Tokyo 2020. So 2024 or just forget it

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Even if the situation is under control in Japan by that time next year, if it's continuing as it is right now in countries like the US, I don't think bring in people from overseas would be a great idea.

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Even if the situation is under control in Japan by that time next year, if it's continuing as it is right now in countries like the US, I don't think bring in people from overseas would be a great idea

They could bring in US athletes with a proper testing and quarantine regimen, but I don’t see any way they could let in American audience.

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They weren't in charge of the cancellation, they are most certainly not in charge of resumption

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It is hard to imagine the US being clear of Covid by next. It is hard to imagine the Olympics being held without the US. It can imagine so many countries pulling out because of the risk of infection that the Olympics would again have to be cancelled.

I can also imagine Koike and Abe saying there is no risk while at the same time risking the lives of those who live in Japan.

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It is hard to imagine the US being clear of Covid by next ( year )

Oh, it will still be around everywhere but North Korea apparently, but it will be managed so that people can go about their daily lives.

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Nobody knows when this pendemic will be over. Nobody!

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"I'm a contrarian. I now hate the Olympics."

You are far from being a contrarian. The Olympics are now so disliked that residents of Boston in the U.S. organized a grassroots movement to thwart the city's bid to host the 2024 games. They succeeded. Residents of cities around the world know how disastrous it can be to host the Olympics. The 1976 games wreaked havoc with Montreal's finances, the 2004 games in Athens arguably accelerated Greece's descent into economic calamity, and the 2016 games in Rio just made everything more miserable for people living in that city's huge slums. Tokyo 2020, from day one, was a vanity project for Ishihara Shintaro.

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It was supposed to be a symbol of recovery for Fukushima. They've been thrown under the bus pretty quickly

with the disaster of the month

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Rather than trying to be a symbol of beating the virus, wait until it is beaten for real. Symbolism is meaningless without reality to back it up.

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cancel it already and save money. No way countries like the USA can effectively train athletes considering the hole they are in now. Many countries will not send a team anyway.

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Just cancel the Olympics and bank China from holding it for the next 200 years or so.

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