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Tokyo Olympic organizers reverse plan to allow alcohol at venues


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an earlier plan

that would be: yesterday

dear oh dear.... 「(°ヘ°)

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Smart move, it would have been immensely disrespectful to the japanese population who has been having restrictions on drinking, on and off, for so long.

Next headline (?):

Tokyo Olympic organizers reverse plan to go ahead with the event.

Never too late to listen to the only experts in terms of pandemics/viruses: the medical ones!

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So it's not banned it's just not for sale? How does that logic work?

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That was quick. But tomorrow is another day everything is a moment by moment unplanned panicked decision. What is it “just in time” management?

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As always it take a public outcry for the Olympic Organizers to do it right and STOP horsing around.

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Such professional organizers. (NOT)

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For once they listen to the opinion of the people. For once.

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Keep up the pressure, folks! - Just nother account of the IOCLDPJOC kowtowing to “J-Inc” then, reversing course after public outrage and crying out against hypocrisy!

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Bravo, (real) Japan! All this happened within 6 hours of the initial announcement!

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The events leading up to the Olympics seem like the games.

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What will be the next offering of “Bread and Circuses” ? - Remain Ever Vigilant!”

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The IOCLDPJOC will continue this trend of “hit or misspolicies and measures, . . .

*. . .* perhaps to their own detriment?

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Remember, They NEVER had ‘a plan’, just a budget! -

Many of their ‘false *cheerleaders**’, like yesterday, *try to tell us:

*- @7:22am: “So lets wait and see how it will goes.”*

Trying to justify ‘straddling the line’:

*“IF nobody goes to the events, and the stadiums keep empty, . . .the Japanese people are against the Olympics; . . . IF the stadiums are packed with 10000 spectators, that would proof that the Japanese people support the Olympics and that all surveys and polls which showed different were only nonsensE..”*

Don’t believe Them. They’re no more reliable than the IOCLDPJOPC.

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Oh dear. Did Asahi’s check bounce?

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The hilarity continues. You can't make this stuff up. How many meetings are they going to have for their indecisiveness?

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It is "being considered." Everything is "being considered" and nothing is done.

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Can we please get these decision making meetings on YouTube? They would be the funniest stuff ever.

They cannot be seriously talking about this stuff with 30 days left.

You wanna talk about viral fail videos, you talk about the jokers running this whole calamity.

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And the gold for olympic incompetence goes a TON of contenders for this one!!!!

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Looks like the TOC is listening to the beverage companies. How about listening to the medical experts?!

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@Sven: Of course - I have the same plans. You don't?

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I'm fairly certain tomorrows headline will be 'Fans asked to remove masks in the stadium for better optics on T.V.' which will cause further uproar and an immediate retraction.

Next year would probably a perfect time to host this event.

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And tomorrow:

"In principle, after much deliberation and in consultation with experts, we have decided, after their recommendations, to do our utmost to avoid the necessity of considering possibility of avoiding the sale of alcohol in staidims during the Olympics, if in a week, the measures undertaken under the quasi state of emergency reduce infections to 1/3 of the number as of June 12, which will allow us to the consider the possibility of relaxing measures regarding the sale of alcohol, after further consultation with experts. Thanks for your patience."

I am lost. Seriously.

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How about "panicking" a new sport in Olympics, and sure Organizing commitee deserve the gold medal .

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Long live the organizing people, as long as those guys are responsible for the safety and security of athletes, officials and the general public there is nothing to fear. In a private company you could hope that there are some people that compensate the stupidity of few but if all you have is people that lack any common sense you are doomed.

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Next up: the definition of the character 酒 is redefined to exclude Asahi products, which are then allowed to be sold under the following 3,993 conditions, all of which must be met simultaneously.

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"In principle, after much deliberation and in consultation with experts (who are not in charge for some reason), we have decided, after their recommendations, (because they can make decisions while we have no contingency plans after a year) to do our utmost to avoid the necessity of considering possibility of avoiding the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the Olympics, (because alcohol severely crushes your immune system during a deadly pandemic that it could be life threatening and is really bad form). if in a week (although testing only makes sense in 14 days so what are we even saying at this point is going to be meaningless so as to let you down slowly instead), the measures undertaken under the quasi state of emergency reduce infections to 1/3 of the number as of June 12 (based on measurements we'll keep secret based on variants we won't disclose either, without any confidence interval 19 times out of 20), which will allow us to the consider the possibility of relaxing measures regarding the sale of alcohol (never going to happen in a week because math), after further consultation with experts (who will say no again why are you asking us again we told you last year like 20 times). Thanks for your patience. (see you at the next meeting! dibs on chair #7!)

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However, @Zoroto 7:45am, please don’t discredit ‘the power of people’ and some effective, open public forums:

- responding to: [For once they listen to the opinion of the people. For once.] @Zoroto 7:45am: “Don't assume that. - Much more likely Asahi realize they would lose more money from bad ‘goodwill’ than what they would gain from selling beer at venues.

Sorry, that wasn’t the case unfolding late last night:

*- “@TokyoEngr 10:15pm: “They just now reversed this decision. Guess they realized how stupid they looked” -Hurray!*

Kyodo News 10:29pm (roughly translated):

Turn off liquor sales at the Olympic venue - A change from the provisional consideration” - Jun 22, 10:29pm ” the TOCOPG decided to turn off the sale of alcoholic beverages to spectators at the venue. “We were considering providing it but we decided that it would be difficult from the perspective of countermeasures against new covid diseases . . . *

@Zoroto 7:45am: It's extremely unlikely this decision has anything to do with the opinion of the people.”

Yet, not so ‘unlikely:

*- “ . . . *It seems that the harsh reaction of public opinion was also taken into consideration.”

Perhaps, they did ‘Turn Against’ their own sponsors in order to temporarily and partially appease public outcry.

*“The OC, which has a contract with Asahi, *announced that it will not decide the sales policy based on the intentions of the sponsors.” -

@Zoroto 7:45am: Why would they start now?”

Regardless of the “What & Why”, we’ve ‘gotta love it!’ when these “Elites” start turning on each other, yes?

(Keep up your good work, Z!)

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Well, well, well. No matter the mechanics - the reversal is all to the good. Commenting on the incompetency is simply stating the evident & ongoing stratagem. The Covid Olympics progress.

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Well, at least we now know where the organizers draw the line between listening and ignoring the people, public health is not something of importance, but alcohol is.

Or, maybe is the people the one that draw the line, mildly annoyed by Olympic officials increasing the risk of the pandemic getting out of control, but completely outraged (and happy to express it without need of surveys) if they dare to sell alcohol to foreigners and not the general public.

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Why not just allow people that have had both their jabs allowed to the games. Maybe it would speed up the vaccinations in Japan.

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people who have a body temperature of 37.5 C or higher, or those who are aware they are displaying symptoms like fever, will not be permitted entry

Head scratching moment here (again)! Does ANYONE think that anyone who IS aware that they are "displaying symptoms like fever" are actually going to try and get in?

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The envelope from Asahi beer didn’t arrive yet.

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Body temperature treshold from which you are barred is 38°C in my country, so far from the 37.5 proposed.

Good luck to some gaijins during the summer Japanese heat while queueing.

Maybe after a meeting, they will accept 37.6°C.

Whatever just take some paracetamol before and don't care.

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Sometimes you forget just how funny Japan can be.

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Allowing alcohol on the venues is one of the most stupid ideas ever considering that alcohol and establishments that serve it are the primary targets for infection control measures here especially during SOEs

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Condoms and alcohol are vital for successful Olympics.

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in the shade of insensitive and absurd "sponsors-first", Cancellation of Tokyo 2020 itself is about to be painted out.

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Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa said Tuesday in a news conference she expected the organizers to consider sufficient steps so that spectators will follow a request to show support only by clapping and refrain from shouting when making a decision on whether to allow alcohol at venues.

If I was forced to suffer attending one of these meetings, I would find it impossible to refrain from shouting, screaming and tearing my hair out.

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What about non-alcohol beer?

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10,000 people in the stadium= SAFU

10,000 people in the stadium drinking a beer= NOT SAFU

----Anonymous Japanese Oyaji

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Smart move, it would have been immensely disrespectful to the japanese population who has been having restrictions on drinking, on and off, for so long.

So your great idea is to continue to restrict the Japanese population who have been having restrictions on drinking for so long?! And the reason......just because!

You aren't on the JIOC Oyaji Committee by any chance are you?!

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'Reverse Plan'?


I don't know whether to call that an 'oxymoron' or the decision making pricess of a moron or two.

Why stop with the alcohol?

I wanna see the 100 meter dash, run backwards.

Invite the athletes to a spectator-spotting event.

Go back to rectal thermometers, and reverse 'inplant' 'em ... orally.

Put those $2,000,000.00 per year Big Pharma CEO salaries to work making something more useful ... like an artificial pimple.

The unfolding narrative is enough to raise Marx's eyebrows. No, not Karl. Groucho.

'Following the science' has become such a whimsical, labyrinthine thread of 'logic' — Kafka, Escher, and Gödel are now the water boys for Monty Python's 'The Philosopher's Football Match'.

One year after 1984, came the Terry Gilliam movie 'Brazil' — a documentary of things to come.

As usual, now copied to a text document immediately after hitting the 'post' button (for probable future publication). Things have a mysterious way of being deleted as 'Off Topic'.

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Ha. Dumb 'smart' spellchecker.

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