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Olympic athletes may be allowed to bring medical stimulants into Japan


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Japan Times reported: “According to the Japanese organizing committee, foreign nationals made up roughly 10% of a total of 80,000 volunteers before the pandemic forced the one-year postponement of the games. Japanese citizens living abroad are now expected to be allowed to volunteer, according to the officials.”

So Japanese citizens living overseas are not counted as “overseas spectators”. They have immunity to Covid by dint of their passport. And the IOC has in effect “fully respected and accepted” this exclusionary Olympics. It’s the world’s “first ever without overseas spectators”.

It’s the first Olympics without “foreign” spectators. Overseas spectators are okay if they’re Japanese. So as predicted, welcome to Japan’s first “Japanese Only” Olympics. As long as you have a Japanese passport, you are immune to Covid and have privileged access to Our Games.

UPDATE points out that according to the IACE Travel Agency even overseas “Japanese” who NO LONGER HAVE JAPANESE CITIZENSHIP can still re-enter Japan. In other words, what constitutes “overseas Japanese” is a matter of having Japanese blood, even without having Japanese legal status. These are racialized paradigms for what constitutes a “Japanese”.

I wonder if the government will allow the Japanese from South America they expelled to attend... No, I don't.

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Lots of ignorance here, fun.

ADHD's most affective treatment are stimulants such as Adderall, Vyvanse, etc. God forbid a handful of people ask that they be allowed to take their prescribed medication, legal in most countries, to an international event.

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So, you can't bring them in for what could be a life-or-death situation in terms of the need for some control, but hey, for the Olympics, anything goes! Once again, Japanese priorities.

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The gov't is so nice to allow DISABLED people to be able to bring their medicine.

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''what other kind of double standards will the government show us in order to hold it's Olympic pork barrel show?''

They've already said it numerous times. they will do whatever they have to to hold Covid 2020 (in 21), there is no bar too low for the officials to crawl under; no cost to the taxpayer too high; no public health emergency too dire.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Interesting how they can prepare to pass legislation for something related to the Olympics so quickly but to enact a law that helps reduce Covid cases such as fining bars/restaurants that stay open past a mandated time during a SOE took about a year....

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It’s remarkable how they’re preparing on the go laws just to show to the world that they are more liberal and open minded than they really are.

But then after the Olympics are over they will return in their xenophobia.

What a pity.

7 ( +7 / -0 ) vaccination necessary, can bring stimulants in..why are they so different from the average Taro here , what other kind of double standards will the government show us in order to hold it's Olympic pork barrel show?

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I must admit it looks a tad hypocritical. If they used the opportunity to change things and liberalise things generally would be better.

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not sure why Vyvanse is even banned, being a pro-drug and all...

meanwhile, everyday some 80-yr old geezer of a doc is handing out stilnox, roofies and other benzos to anyone who says they have trouble getting some shut-eye....

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The restricted import of drugs that all people must follow should also apply to the incoming athletes.

Prescription medications should be permitted in all cases.

Japan can at times be extremely archaic in it's attitude.

I have ADHD, though I do not take meds as most have had side effects worse than my ADHD.

But that is me, my niece has ADD, and prior to diagnosis she had serious problems in school focusing on studies.

Now she has been accepted into the top University back home in engineering.

I personally know what her future would have been like had she not had these medications.

But under Japan's ridiculous system she cannot even visited here because to do so she would have to stop taking her medication.

No I understand that Japan is worried about drugs being brought in for illegal purposes but any fool can tell the difference between a week or two daily use and am amount destined to be sold illegally.

But I don't expect logic from the Japanese government and we can clearly see that by the simple facts of how they are handling Covid-19 and still going on about having the Olympics.

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Lots of ignorance here

And that is surprising!

It isn't just ADHD they are ignorant about!

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These are real things and issues as ridiculous as it may seem.

In Thailand with my younger sister we realized that her prescribed meds that she brought from France were highly illegal in Thailand and actually in a higher catagory of crime than even some drugs!

I was shocked, and she realised she was lucky that the customs agents didnt see it.

It would seem very unfair to enforce that though.

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The use of the word stimulants is fairly prejudice and misleading.

Anyone that knows basic facts regarding ADD, & ADHD would know that these medications do not act as stimulants on those with these disorders.

On the contrary in many cases these medications can make us drooling low energy zombies.

As was my case with nearly all of the ones tried on me.

And that is the point, though not the drooling zombie but being able to sit, concentrate in a more focused way.

I am well into my 50s cannot use any of these in my case, so I sleep 4 hours a night and am on basically on high speed from the second I wake up until I go to bed, I bounce from one project to the other and back again all day.

This is fine in my case because of my type of work.

But for most this is not a sustainable life style.

So all the crude uneducated comments shows the ignorance and why ADD, ADHD, and others are called the invisible disabilities and why we face so much discrimination.

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Equality question: Does this mean I can now import stimulants for my ADHD?

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The restricted import of drugs that all people must follow should also apply to the incoming athletes.

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What does that mean???

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Of all the Plus for the Russians to get banned from!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I thought these were banned by IOC anyway. In any case, Adderall should be allowed vs. current penalty of jail time.

Ritalin is already OK and Vyvanse too I think.

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Yeah! Adderall?

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So stimulants will be legalised ? For some and not others? This is more BS.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I feel that! Are Roids and EX, cool? I think I gots me a stigmatism or something.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Here come the PEDs!!!

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

What does that mean???

It means party time!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

For medical treatment, or hidden doping ?

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