Visitors take photos in front of the Olympic Rings monument outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters near the National Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Negative COVID tests, vaccinations may be required for domestic Olympic fans

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By Eimi Yamamitsu

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Negative COVID-19 test for Olympic fans: Not feasible. Too many spectators, not enough test sites.

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"In order to make the Games a success it's necessary to take into account the feelings of the people," Kato said

Why start doing this now, when you have been blissfully disregarding and discounting public opinion about this over the past several months?

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When only a few % have received the vaccine, and most of them elderly, I guess there won’t be any spectators then..

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So when showing symptoms we can pretend we want to go to the games in order to get tested?

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They’d better start booking their clinic appointments now.

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“May be”

In Japanese terms, not.

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With a vaccine?! By when? After the games for the people below 65? And a test at the pharmacy cost 16500 yen per test per person. Or between 30000-40000 at a private clinic. Something is really wrong here....

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In order to make the Games a success it's necessary to take into account the feelings of the people," Kato said,

What a liar...feelings of the people?...every poll taken consistently shows vast majority of people don't want the games to happen this summer. Yet LDP the govt and LDP are pushing for it....so stop pretending for a second you care " feelings of the people ".

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Few weeks until the Games start. They must be held at all costs. So one would think, they have already set up everything that is needed and basically we are ready to go. Nope, it's still "may" and "we are looking into it". Tight schedule? Like they couldn't prepare a year ago. Or heck, even a month or two before. They know what is the goal and they know the task. Completely incompetent people running this.

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It's like they just live in this fantasy realm where they say 'We will make vaccinations available for everyone' (which btw is great),

but then behave in a manner where just having said that equals everyone is vaccinated. (which is super not great!)

There's also been a marked change in mask wearing behavior since the U.S. unmasking announcement.

It has left me somewhat speechless.

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Tests are only up to 60% accurate. Vaccination doesn’t prevent spreading. Hmmmmm...

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Wow that is guaranteed to increase the number of spectators. As well as the cost of the ticket you will need to pay 20,000/ 30,000 for your rtes

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Japan's top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters on Monday he was unaware of any decision on the issue.

Why would he know one way or the other? He is only the top government spokesman.

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Wow that is guaranteed to increase the number of spectators. As well as the cost of the ticket you will need to pay 20,000/ 30,000 for your test! Surely home tests will not be acceptable and free tests must be impossible since even people sick and dying cannot get them.

And what validity for the test. A test is only a snapshot in time and someone can get infected immediately after or even at the testing site. So it does not really prevent anything.

Anyhow this is sure to get the real Olympic supporters to put their money where their mouth is.

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I can't see vaccine passes going over well with the Japanese public. There is a lot more freedom here than in other countries.

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May be........how about WILL BE?

or better yet, only people with a vaccination card..........oh I forgot. No one under 65 has one.

unless they are in the medical field, in which they are being worked OVERTIME all over the nation!!

.....sounds like a plan, geniuses. Go for it!!

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By that time the only ones fully vaccinated will probably be 65 or older. They won't have to worry about high-fives and loud cheering from elderly people unless it includes the drunk old men I witness at Hanshin Tigers games lol

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Sounds reasonable. Vaccinated only fans means the elderly will be the only ones there. It will be good for them to quietly root for the athletes.

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So when showing symptoms we can pretend we want to go to the games in order to get tested?

Yep...sounds awesome..from now on forget arguing with the health centre call operators about having 38 degree fevers for 4 days straight...just mention you wanna be an Olympic spectator....boom...PCR test coming your way. Swell.

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Oh, classic!

Over 65s will be logging on to get those tickets - and of course health care workers who have such a lot a free time. It couldn’t be more laughable.

At the same time give visas for 90,000 ATHLETES, and deny visas to every other non-Japanese.

Don’t go, don’t watch. Let them run in the silence of the dead.

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One is only "fully" vaccinated if they have the two shots.

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Ha! 48 hours since my good wife spent half a day driving around the prefecture, calling every clinic, trying to get a test for me, sweating my nackers off with a fever of 38.8°C.

Still waiting. I might be able to get a test tomorrow. If I'm lucky.

You want test results to allow the poor saps who still believe in this heist to watch what their grandchildren yet unborn will still be paying for?

Forget it.

Tokyo 2021. The Ghost Olympics.

This is going to be a pitiful, empty display. But the snouts in the trough will all get theirs, and that's all this has ever been about.

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 the government was considering whether spectators should be required to show a negative test result taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.

Spectators can be tested a week after attending?

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In a poll published by the Nikkei paper on Monday, over 60% of respondents were in favor of canceling or delaying the Games, a result in line with previous polls by other media outlets.

Only 60% now?

Seems vaccination commencing has changed a lot of minds

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Will my NHS vaccination card be accepted in Japan?

Of course it won’t

I will still need a PCR test to visit Japan, enter a venue etc.

Getting vaccinated will not be accepted- the expensive PCR test will be with us for years...

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@Zarathustra

So when showing symptoms we can pretend we want to go to the games in order to get tested?

According to @louisferdinandc from : https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/everything-you-need-to-know-about-quarantining-in-japan#comments + some IRL people, getting a test by the government will not come with any sort of documentation, at least if negative. Thus, you have to pay for your test from a source actually willing to provide you some paper work potentially for a fee (do not forget we are in a country were a doctor can tell you to sty at home because you are contagious but make you pay give them a few hours of your salary to actually give you a paper to provide to your employer).

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Japan took the unique approach of dealing with the Covid outbreak by purposely not instituting mass testing like other countries did.

More people travel through Shinjuku Station in one hour than will be attending any one Olympic event.

I love the reserved humor here.

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This is what we call a "hiding to nothing"

Doomed to fail.

Red tape will hinder the process.

And apart from that, the games will be cancelled anyway.

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@Derek Gabe

Just turn up at your local biggest hospital-Red Cross is the best.

They will test you for sure.

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Did they mention PCR test? If not will probably be only the rapid non pcr tests.

If it's not being implemented on game spectators right now I doubt it will be implemented on the Olympics also

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MAY be required???

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Can't find details of that latest poll mentioned above, seems they buried because of the low turnout

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