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JOC executive says Tokyo Games should be held without spectators

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Fill the stadiums!!! We need herd immunity NOW!

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Here's an idea!

Hold the games without competitors!

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The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board member Kaori Yamaguchi, an Olympic judo medalist, said the government was "confusing" the people by asking them to stay at home and imposing curbs while putting on the global sports showpiece.

Folks have been saying this for months! Kind of hard to blame people for wanting to travel and move about, when the government is dead set on holding these Olympics.

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The government has failed to gain the public’s understanding again. And as usual push a very narrow and negative outcome policy for the public and a very beneficial policy for heir own small circle. I understand that.

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Good for her to speak out!

Either her careers are now ‘done’, in Japan,

or

She has a real chance ‘amongst women in Japan politics’?

“JOC board member Kaori Yamaguchi, an Olympic judo medalist, said the govt was "confusing" people asking “stay home” and imposing curbs while putting on the global showpiece.” -

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Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board member Kaori Yamaguchi says the Tokyo Games should be held without spectators …

> "I'm not saying people shouldn't have fun, …

Clever move. She knows the Olympics will most likely move forward with spectators — and she wants everyone to have fun! — but she protects herself against blowback in case something goes wrong.

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Fill the stadiums!!! We need herd immunity NOW!

And have more unnecessary preventable deaths? that is no solution. Immunizations with safe and effective vaccines reach the same goal without exposing people to the disease and its complications. That is why health care experts push for vaccination and not for large events congregating people.

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JOC? more like JOKE.

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A very VERY CRUEL JOKE!

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Olimpic Games without spectators??

Really those people have absolutely no clue about what Olympics means. Or what is the Olimpic Spirit.

Why don't you ban the gaijin sportives too? just make them Japan Olimpics and be done with it.

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Saw on Singapore TV this morning that up to one billion people play virtual sports. Why hold Olympics in a worldwide pandemic? In a heatwave. Hospitals overloaded. New SARS-CoV-2 strain now coming out of Africa???

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Hold the games without competitors!

hahahahahahahahahahahaha

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If people start moving around! They have been all the time anyway and Covid is well under control now. There’s always one or two that want to put a spanner in the works.

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Meanwhile literally more than 10 million people ride the trains to Tokyo to and from work every single day, but somehow 70k mostly vaccinated olympic folks following super strict protocols won't be able to come safely to Japan while there's a couple hundred masked and socially distanced spectators in the stadium to provide at least a hint of enjoyment? What's the logic here?

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What's the logic here?

They say the safety protocols will not work, whatever those are. That's it

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CASH v CARE

CASH wins every time.

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"There's this fear inside everyone that if people start moving around Japan again, the infections would spread right at the time when they have peaked out and people can live safe lives again," said Yamaguchi, one of the few lone voices openly critical of the Olympics in the world of Japanese sports.

Obviously not everyone. It has already been established that the number moving around will be less than an average day's commute. As usual, someone is fear-mongering only about the Olympics while turning a blind-eye to everything else.

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Meanwhile literally more than 10 million people ride the trains to Tokyo to and from work every single day, but somehow 70k mostly vaccinated olympic folks following super strict protocols won't be able to come safely to Japan while there's a couple hundred masked and socially distanced spectators in the stadium to provide at least a hint of enjoyment? What's the logic here?

There is no logic. Just politically-motivated fear-mongering.

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Agree, no spectators makes sense. Much rather watch on TV with the airconditioner on anyway. A week or so ago, it was just 2% or 4% of Japanese who had received at least one shot and now it's 12%. Things are moving in the right direction as the number of infections doesn't seem to be increasing.

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No. The games should be CANCELLED.

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