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Tokyo 2020 unveils 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics center

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By Kazuhiro NOGI

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Great! Now I'm wondering what are they going to do with this after the Olympics is over?

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Now I'm wondering what are they going to do with this after the Olympics is over?

Use it. For decades to come. Same as with the venues built for the 1964 Tokyo games, the 1972 Sapporo games, and the 1998 Nagano games.

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no tats i presume?

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In a display of confidence, perhaps they could use the contaminated water from Fukushima instead of releasing it back into the ocean.

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In a display of confidence, perhaps they could use the contaminated water from Fukushima instead of releasing it back into the ocean.

I would rather swim in Fukushima water than fly on a 737 jet. LOL

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Use it. For decades to come. Same as with the venues built for the 1964 Tokyo games, the 1972 Sapporo games, and the 1998 Nagano games.

The venues in Sapporo and Nagano can be converted to skii / snow board resorts that can be beneficial to the people and city . I am wondering how this aquatic facility generate profit and pay for it's bills and maintenance? There's not much aquatic sports being held in the city regularly?

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Is there a big public indoor pool in Tokyo already? I don't think so, which would make it workable, summers are getting too hot for outdoor pools anyway. BTW, as for the Nagano facilities, they closed the Ice bob course last season for good, despite it being the only one in Japan bc of too high maintenance costs...

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Same as with the venues built for the 1964 Tokyo games, the 1972 Sapporo games, and the 1998 Nagano games.

I lived in Nagano for 10 years. A vast majority of the facilities in Nagano are underused, abandoned, or rotting. M-Wave hosts skating for under half the year, and little else the rest of the year. Big Hat the same. There is, in fact, no year-round skating in Nagano. The lifting and training facilities in M-Wave were sad. As an avid lifter, to see the training area in the back corner of M-Wave, or the larger training room in the basement/parking level totally unused was pathetic.

Many of the ski jump, bobsled, and other facilities in Hakuba are dilapidated and unused. Never mind the Medal Park, etc which is basically a rotting park.

So don't try to shovel that line, it's just not true.

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The Nagano government can't afford to run and maintain the Winter Olympic venues. Maybe Tokyo will have money to keep it open after the Olympics.

The cost of the 1998 Winter Olympics was about ¥107 billion costing each of the 2.2 million citizens about ¥6 million each in tax money used for for it.

"Of this, the Japanese national government spent 51.1 billion, the Nagano prefectural government spent 29.6 billion, and the cities and towns of Nagano, 23.4 billion; Hakuba, 1 billion; and Nozawa Onsen, 1.1 billion; shared the remaining 25.5 billion.

 The most expensive venue was M-Wave, which hosted the long-track speed skating events. It cost 34.8 billion.

The two ice hockey venues, Big Hat and Aqua Wing Arena cost 19.1 and 9.1 billion respectively.

 The White Ring (arena), which hosted figure skating and short-track speed skating cost 14.2 billion, the Spiral, which hosted bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton, cost 10.1 billion.

 Another 8.6 billion was spent on the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, 7 billion for Snow Harp – the cross-country skiing venue, and 3 billion for the biathlon venue at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort."

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Back to the good news for a second, it sure does look good!

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¥56.7 billion for 2 x 2 weeks of events. That's value for money!

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Greater Tokyo is 30 million people and the only place in Japan that is growing and will continue to suck in population for the next 50 years. They will have no problem with using these facilities after the Games.

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noypikantokuNov. 22  09:39 am JST

Great! Now I'm wondering what are they going to do with this after the Olympics is over?

factcheckerNov. 22  08:38 pm JST

¥56.7 billion for 2 x 2 weeks of events. That's value for money!

Doesn't work like that folks. Might as well cancel the Olympic Games on a global scale then.

That's like the inventor of cars going "what's the point of a car when you have a train".

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I wanted to go to the Olympics. I wanted to watch the basket. I especially wanted to watch the American team. I can't believe I can see the players playing in NBA in Japan.

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