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Bach to arrive in Tokyo on July 8; infections on rise again

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Above all of the possible spread - I do really hope no political demonstration of ANY KIND - be it a gesture, a stand, a pin or a hat be considered to appear in the Olympics. It should not be politicized. We already have the variant problem to contend with.

at least it will be pleasure able to watch on TV. I do not want to see any demonstrations etc… or else I will turn off my TV because I do not want political entertainment.

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Richard Gallagher

Question: where has Bach travelled the past several weeks? Doubtful he has been sitting at home, maintaining social distancing and staying in place

I thought the vaccinated don´t need the rigamarole with masks and human distance any more, or are you saying the vaccination is pointless?

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Question: where has Bach travelled the past several weeks? Doubtful he has been sitting at home, maintaining social distancing and staying in place.

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Bach to arrive in Tokyo on July 8; infections on rise again

Meaningless news. Nobody knows the actual infection rate, and seeing that the vast majority of the infected have no symptoms, it is probably much higher. Stop the hype already. As for Bach, he should limit his visit to his work and spare us the sightseeing nonsense

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Hiroshima seems to do Not welcome IOC.

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Thomas Bach will spend three days in isolation

That long, huh? Such a rule abiding human being............

He should be doing 3-5 years in solitary confinement.

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So now we are referring to clowns as dignitaries are we ?

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Three days, eh? It's good to be king.

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Asiaman7

Talk about unnecessary showmanship. Guys, just stay in Tokyo. All this unneeded movement throughout the country can’t be any good. I’m sure Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents appreciate the thought, but they probably don’t want you traveling there at this time.

Exactly! The Japanese holidays start early to mid August right when the Olympics are finishing, and a lot of the people of Japan and especially Tokyo return to their families for Obon which is my biggest concern. My little coastal town of Miyazaki is popular with tourists and that on top of returnees, I can see it only going one way like it did after Christmas holidays and Golden week.

Will the Japanese government try to stop this happening after previous failures? I’m not holding my breath.

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I am also curious how he only gets 3 days quarantine.

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Of course, welcome. Why not, as long as the games are canceled. I also often just visit Nagasaki and the sites there and don’t hold big virus spreading sports events. lol

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Welcome to Japan President Bach!

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Why can’t they work from home like we have to?

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Why only 3 days in quarantine?? Literally EVERYONE else (sorry, I mean those who aren't connected to the Olympics) has to spend 14 days locked in strict quarantine, checking in with the government multiple times per day with some crazily invasive and strict quarantine regulations. Yet anyone connected to the Olympics is exempt?

For reference, current quarantine measures: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/06/25/national/japan-quarantine-measures/

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VrethToday  10:20 am JST

The title of "president" has really gone to his head

Presidents are, theoretically at least, supposed to be accountable to the people who elected them.

Bach’s attitude is nearer to that of a king or a dictator than a president.

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The title of "president" has really gone to his head. He doesn't need to be making these visits, he is essentially just a TV producer forcing a huge reality show on Japan, at Japan's expense.

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This man is an embarrassment as is the Olympic "movement" (substitute the word "bowel" and you are there).

The IOC is an un-elected quasi-state that seeks only to enrich itself. As such, it enables totalitarian dictatorships that oppress their own populations. It's time to start boycotting them.

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which is believed to spread more easily.

Not believed. It DOES spread more easily.

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Monty. Yes: many of us who are foreigners here in Japan also work hard, pay taxes, etc.

I feel more sorry for the Japanese citizens who don’t want the Olympics to carry on than as scheduled than I feel for myself however as it is their own government doing this to them.

It seems people can provide down votes but cannot provide any logical explanation as to why Coates is correct to say the games should be held even in a state of Emergency or explain why it makes sense for these “dignitaries” to travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki under the current conditions.

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The telling line in the article is that the IOC gets 75% of its revenue from television rights. Nothing else matters. Got to keep them fat cats fed and watered.

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Not welcome. Stay home and keep your Olympics!!! Beyond ridiculous.

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@Tokyo-Eng

No, No...I don't support anything that is related to the Olympics.

In my opinion the Olympics should be canceled, but I guess it is too late for that.

Your sentence in you post sounds to me, that ONLY japanese people are hard workers.

So to give some kind of "refreshment" to that, I said "I am a hard worker too", even I am not a japanese. (LOL)

Back to the Olympics...I guess we have to accept that they will be held and that guys like Bach will travel to some places in Japan.

I accept already that the Olympics will be held, and I will take this situation in my own hands by doing my Best to come out of this situation healthy during my daily life.

I will continue to do my best personal preventions, like wearing mask, keep social distance where it is possible, use sanitizers...yeah..and wait till the Olympics is over.

I will got my first shot of Moderna tomorrow and my second shot on July 30th at my company.

But that is too late for the Olympics.

Some people will complain that the vaccine is too late for the Olympics.

But complaining about that makes no sense for me, because complaining will not change anything.

It is opposite: I am happy and thankful that I can get the vaccine much earlier than expected.

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He and his fellow robber-baron Coates should be visiting Tohoku and/ or Fukushima to celebrate their 'recovery', after all, that was the prime reason Japan pushed and bribed their way to getting these games.

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I assume that they'll be visiting Nanjing next year too.

Well said!

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Bach, Coates, Sebastian Coe and Dick Pound are not "dignataries". They are the lowest of all gutter politicians with their snouts in the money trough. They do not deserve any welcome or hospitality - they deserve to be harrassed and booed wherever they go.

Cancel the corrupt Olympic trainwreck.

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I hope Japan isn't turning this into "we are the only country to have an atomic bomb dropped on them" sort of deal because that isn't going to go well for them.

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“Regarding the three day quarantine of Lord Bach, a government spokesperson, speaking on account of a anonymity, said :

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that we found a really, really expensive steakhouse in Ginza, ordered it to close for three days and set up a palatial suite, and that is where Lord Bach will quarantine. These rumors are destructive and untrue. It was in fact a shop specializing in kaseki ryori and they volunteered to do all of the above after meeting our heavily tattooed and muscular representatives”.

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Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities as a reminder of the nuclear attacks by the United States in August 1945 during World War II.

As a reminder??? More like to brainwash people that Japan is a victim of WW2. Reminds me of NK where foreigners must visit the statues of the dead leaders.

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The IOC has pushed on with the Olympics despite strong local opposition, partially because it earns almost 75% of its income from selling television rights. "

No, not partially...purely because of the $$$. Call spade a spade.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials have already decided to take the Olympic torch relay off streets in Tokyo from July 9 through July 16."

But they still wanna have it after 16th and also pack 10 000 + people into each venue?

Tawdry political posturing in a feeble attempt to associate the Olympics with "peace". What was all that guff about keeping politics out of sport? The hypocrisy is nauseating."

Absolutely.

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@Monty. I do not think I said or implied otherwise

I am glad to hear you are.

Are you saying you support this visit by these narcissistics? If so I would be interested why you think they should come.

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I assume that they'll be visiting Nanjing next year too.

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Since these games were originally supposed to show the world how Tohoku has recovered from the 2011 disaster, why don't Bach and Coates take a visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant? And since more recently these games were supposed to celebrate human victory over the coronavirus, why don't they visit an ICU in Tokyo?

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@Tokyo Eng

the hard working Japanese taxpayers (and those of us who are residents here and pay taxes also)

I am a resident here, pay taxes also AND I am a hard worker too!

Lol.

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How come he'd only spend 3 days in isolation? While the rest of us would spend around 7 or more days?

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Can those supporting the Olympics going on as scheduled here justify this statement with a valid argument?

In controversial remarks made just over a month ago, Coates was asked if the Olympics could be held during a state of emergency.

“The answer is absolutely yes,” he replied.

Downvotes do not constitute a valid argument by the way.

Coates is a narcissistic megalomaniac (I am putting it kindly)

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I can't wait to get his autograph and place it in the trash.

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The hibakusha aren't impressed either.

https://nordot.app/782941258436771840?c=39550187727945729

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Ioc official's visit and rising infection cases forced in one article lol

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Bach is also expected to visit Hiroshima on July 16, at the same time as his vice president and colleague John Coates is to visit Nagasaki.

Tawdry political posturing in a feeble attempt to associate the Olympics with "peace". What was all that guff about keeping politics out of sport? The hypocrisy is nauseating.

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Ahead of Bach's visit, COVID-19 cases are rising in Tokyo.

Herr Bach will see the Japanese people heartfully united by emotion, doing their utmost to bring to fruition the shining hope of the Olympic games that are the one and only thing that will symbolize our triumplant victory over the pandemic.

Or he will hear some such thing as he is feted during his visit.

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If those guys can only do a 3 days quarantine, it means the 2 weeks quarantine is useless

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He will arrive in Japan, hold meetings after 3 days, then the "dignitaries" (those above the rest of us who are either Japanese citizens or live here and pay taxes) will travel (at our expense) to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Why are they making these totally unnecessary trips during a Pandemic, rising cases, etc.?

Will they make these trips even if another State of Emergency is declared?

Again: The Japanese Government and JOC do not care one bit about the hard working Japanese taxpayers (and those of us who are residents here and pay taxes also). Of course we know the IOC does not care at all either.

The arrogance is sickening (but totally believable at this point).

I am for the Olympics by the way...just wait until the Pandemic calms down. But these people are like spoiled children who expect their every need to be met and catered to immediately.

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Japan extends the GoTo program to foreign “dignitaries”.

Three days in quarantine for this character. Sounds like jet lag is much more debilitating than Covid.

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Concerns escalated after it was announced that both Ugandans had the delta variant of the virus, which is believed to spread more easily.

Hey it's already over. Delta has landed. Even before the UK team arrives.

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Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities

I would hardly call this clown a dignitary...

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Perhaps @Monty 7:06am they’re ‘beta-testing’ the “NEW” JOC team’s capabilities in advance of Their Games?

*- “*JOC to watch for hateful online posts during Tokyo Olympics” - Jun 30 

*- @7:06am: **“Where are the news in this article? All info are repeated info and are already know” *

*Perhaps *we should be careful what we question?

Perhaps speak in code or “hushed voices” in reverence to “His holiness”.

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Where are the news in this article?

All information in this article are repeated information and are already known.

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Is he *special, *like a messiah, for some?

“Bach will arrive in Tokyo on Jul 8 and [only] spend 3 days in isolation before holding meetings” -

and “then, the clouds with part of an ‘a ray of hope’ will befall his dominion.

“Ahead of Bach's visit, COVID-19 cases are rising in Tokyo. The state of emergency ends on Jul 12” -

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Bach is also expected to visit Hiroshima on July 16, at the same time as his vice president and colleague John Coates is to visit Nagasaki.

Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities as a reminder of the nuclear attacks by the United States in August 1945 during World War II.

Talk about unnecessary showmanship. Guys, just stay in Tokyo. All this unneeded movement throughout the country can’t be any good. I’m sure Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents appreciate the thought, but they probably don’t want you traveling there at this time.

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Despite the 2nd part of the headline “infections on rise again”,

it may be “Christmas in July” for some ‘good girls & boys’

with perhaps a few shūgi-bukuro (祝儀袋) ?

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What? Are we supposed to be happy by his visit, like Santa Clause is coming to town?

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