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Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for 2020 Olympic planning

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Wow! What a revelation from the brainiacs. It’s a bit of a shame they are only considering it now with less than two years to go. This ties in very well with the other article about being woefully unprepared to help foreigners in a natural disaster.

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seems stupid to move the clocks forward for the entire country for a 2-4 week event. Just hold the even an hour earlier! C'mon

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IOC loves slave labour, so of course the model is great for them

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Mori has turned down suggestions of switching the games to October when temperatures are cooler.

He alone gets to decide, on what could be a critical decision? In two more summers how will the temps be..

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"There is some local resentment of scheduling events to accommodate foreign broadcasters."

Awww... maybe focus more on having them when the athletes and spectators don't stand the chance of dying of heat stroke. THAT ought to worry you more than being butt-hurt about the time of finals. Also, the Japan Series' of baseball had a lot of to with the decisions to hold it in July/August as well, but no offense there? Honestly, when the priority is always national pride it's no wonder they never bother to prepare or take criticism about said lack of preparation seriously. Some people seem more offended about people pointing out the lack of preparedness than they are worried or caring about the lack of preparedness itself. When a nation is so utterly unwilling to address the obvious dangers, they should not be allowed to stage such events. Period. Take it away from them.

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and where will these 80,000 volunteers be living without even a transit stipend?

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I looked into the volunteers and it looks like its standard operating practice for the Olympics. The conditions etc. are set by them, not the host country. I understand the resentment, but perhaps it is time more (Japanese) people woke up to what the Olympics are.

I haven't heard any mention of the anti-terrorism measures, but if anti-aircraft missiles had to be deployed in London, presumably Tokyo is going to get them too. Police with sub-machine guns wouldn't surprise me either.

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Why wasn't this issue addressed BEFORE Japan got the bid?? This is not incompetance only on Japan but mainly on the olympic committee which didn't address this issue at the appropriate time.

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Wow! What a revelation from the brainiacs. It’s a bit of a shame they are only considering it now with less than two years to go. This ties in very well with the other article about being woefully unprepared to help foreigners in a natural disaster.

Excellent comment!

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I would certainly not qualify as a "brainiac" however I believe Japan has been discussing this issue for a few years now. I will try to find the link to the article that I read.

The one post I agree with is sf2k's post about a transit stipend. It seems that with IOC officials and those in Japan in charge of the Olympics making very large salaries (and travelling "in style" for meetings, etc.) they could spare a bit of change for the folks volunteering.

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Coates really charming the locals with language like this:

"Volunteers are volunteers. And they don't have to apply if they don't want to. The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers. They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting. I think it's a fine model ... and I don't think there's a case for paying volunteers."

Rare that I read an article with Mori quotes and I come away thinking he's not that bad in comparison.

The above is all the more galling given that "IOC members receive per diems of between $450-900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like paid lodging at top hotels" or (per Wiki) that "in 2016 it was reported that Coates was paid a salary of A$689,634 in 2015 as Executive Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee and that he had collected A$7.05 million in consulting fees and allowances between 2000 and 2016."

To the Japanese volunteers are volunteers, not to worry that this boondoggle was harnessed on your from above or that your tax dollars are funding it or that your lives will be disrupted for a couple of weeks. I mean, after all you'll get uniforms. That you might have to sleep in the streets is not our concern.

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IOC members receive per diems of between $450-900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like paid lodging at top hotels.

What an obscene cult. On top of that a slave workforce, demands on special lanes etc etc. Might as well have them each wear a crown.

I'm glad the other countries of the world have left the crazy train behind and sorry that Japan didn't get the message. In future for existing venues I can imagine LA and a European counterpart continuing the Olympics, but that's about it.

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...What in the world is Daylight Savings going to do? Changing the clocks by an hour isn't going to suddenly make it cooler.

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Mori has turned down suggestions of switching the games to October when temperatures are cooler. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held in October.

WHY? What is the problem? Why can't this one person allow Oct?

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Because he cannot say no to IOC, and IOC cannot say no to US telecasters.

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Good update on the turn of events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYsbhMWccMA

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Serena in 2020: 'But I am a woman, these earthquakes are sexist'

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More often than not when volunteering in Japan you get paid for the commute!

I guess this is why there is quite outcry from the involved or the one that considered volunteering...

Basically anyone who wants to help should 'invest' monetary quite a bit, fight traffic, buy food, etc., etc. !

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Sorry, wrong post: https://japantoday.com/category/national/focus-quake-reveals-japan-woefully-unprepared-to-help-foreigners-in-disasters#comment-1738767

I typed on the wrong page, anyway what I meant to say is: Some ward offices have drills in English, Roppongi especially, they even have large speakers alerting residents.

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Kenji Fujimori: "Sorry, wrong post."

Oops! It happens.

"Some ward offices have drills in English, Roppongi especially, they even have large speakers alerting residents."

Yeah, but that's not really the issue here, when most of the people left out to dry in Hokkaido were Chinese. I mean, it's good that they have at least English announcements in some places, but it's not enough, especially when the majority of tourists are from neighboring Asian countries. Now is a chance to start to remedy the situation, but instead a lot of people are just taking offense to criticism, as is often the case.

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I hope nobody volunteers for the Olympics. Can you imagine going to Tokyo from across the country and spending two weeks at one's own expense while the top honchos rip the people with their astronomical salaries, perks, travel as well as their arrogance.

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