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Did anyone see this guy on TV? I must admit. I was actually embarrassed by the absolutely terrible level of English of the Japanese reps. It was cringeworthy...

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I hope Japan doesn't get the games.

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Please pass on Japan. We are in no situation to afford this! Then again, who is? Spain definitely isn't, and Turkey can't be much of an economic powerhouse.

Just give it back to London. They did a good job and have a ton of cash and infrastructure already in place.

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Its just got way too extravagant and expensive to be viable anymore. Seeing as its been completely hijacked by corporations how about the completely foot the bill? The games needs a reality check and should be scaled down and made more accessible to the local population.

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With guts poses like that and grins that scream "Faito!", Tokyo is unfortunately a shoe-in.

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Let the sponsors pay all, not the taxpayers!

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I only hope if Japan does get it which is looking more and more likely with the issues in the other candidate states that Tokyo uses it to really improve the straining transport infrastructure, and possibly forces business to seriously look at flextime for employees and so on.

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Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose said that he was extremely happy to learn that Tokyos compact venue plan, quick and reliable transportation system, first-class accommodation, strong financial base, solid security system, and strong hosting ability were rated high by the Evaluation Commission members.

What "strong financial base"? Is he actually fooled into believing that Abenomics is going to fix this country by the time the Olympics come around? Unlikely.

We didnt have fatal defects. This is why we have received the very high and balanced marks on the whole, Takeda said.

That doesn't mean that they were deemed good, just that they are "not bad". I really hope that Japan doesn't get the Olympics as they need to be focusing their money on fixing up Tohoku and helping the displaced people, but we all know that even if they don't get the bid that the money will be spent on anything but that. Unfortunately they are the lesser "evil" of the 3 and will most likely end up getting it.

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Go Japan!

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Spain has no money and Turkey is in flames - looks like Tokyo will win. Nice work.

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I, too, am delighted by the IOC report on Tokyo's Olympic bid. Sept. 7 will be a great day when Japan gets the nod.


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We need the Olympics in Tokyo they way we need the LDP back in power. Oh wait.....

Why is there never good news for the future of this economy? Most cities bleed out money on the Olympics. Tax payers get financially bent over and badly abused while a limited number of contractors and business owners make some money.

In the aftermath the cities are often left with facilities they have to pay to maintain that are essentially under utilized for most of the rest of their existence.

This is good for politicians, for their buddy contractors, for a few businesses and is a royal level economic screw over for the tax payers.

What Japan should be doing is putting this money into an economic Zone in Tohoku and trying to lead the world in alternative energy development and attract more foreign business and workers here to help pay taxes.

But then that would make sense and my years in Japan have taught me that good ideas rarely appear in politics here. And when they do, someone squashes them.

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I certainly hope Tokyo gets the Olympics. I was in Sydney for 2000 and it was a fantastic experience and I heard similar stories from Londonites. For most people, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I dare say that all those JT readers who are against Tokyo's bid are the same readers who use JT to bash Japan all the time. If Tokyo's bid is successful, I'm sure each and every one of you - if you are still here in 2020 - will get into the spirit and enjoy the festivities.

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Solid financial strength? also love the clenched fist celebration of the 3 gimps in the photo.

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No doubt the Tokyo games would be safe and financially viable. However, the lack of proper spoken English by the vast majority of Japanese public employees, shop assistants, bank and post office personnel, even in the capital, is a huge drawback. International events should be hosted by public servants who can converse easily in English or other foreign languages. The fact that most Japanese are university grads who have had English language training, and yet can't - or won't - use their knowledge, is a mystery to me.

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Turkey's political implosion will hand Tokyo the games. It's almost a certainty now.

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always puzzled me with the clenched fist, it almost seems they are about to flip the bird, "we will fight fight fight!!"..... "now shove off"

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I hope Japan doesn't get the games.

What "strong financial base"? Is he actually fooled into believing that Abenomics is going to fix this country............

"Japan" isn't bidding for the games, Tokyo is. Some people seem to have a problem understanding that.

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"Tokyo also intends to use “the power of sport” to offer hope to the Japanese people and promote national spirit, unity and confidence,” in particular after the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami"

How about just offering the 4.5 billion to those actually affected by the 2011 Tsunami and consequent Fukushima disaster...job done!

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"Japan" isn't bidding for the games, Tokyo is.

Good point, although I wonder how much of the bill "Japan" is going to have to foot....

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I really hope Tokyo doesn't get the games, but since the only other real rival, Istanbul, is a riot zone at the moment, it looks increasingly likely they will.

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Fukushima and Tohoku are still in shambles, the energy plan is still not finalized, and yet Tokyo wants stadiums and Abe wants tax increases. As every other nation is starting to circle the drain lets not forget Japan.

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Despite of all the negative opinions, I think the people of Japan will love it when the games are actually held here. Afterall, it's just another Matsuri.... although an expensive one...

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Japan might get, only because what other country wants this burden ? I only hope those living in Gyms have access to a bigger school gym after the event.

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A salary of that much is absurd. No one needs that much money! Furthermore, it's a far cry from an average salary this person has no grip on reality!!!

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After talking to friends who live in Vancouver about the 2010 Games, it sounds like a huge financial burden for a city and you have to be a millionaire to afford tickets to any of the events or pay for inflated hotel fees. The Olympics have become ridiculous. Agree with most here that Japan should put resources/effort into helping Tohoku, not the Olympics.

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The total cost of London Olympics to the taxpayer was almost 9 billion pounds (about 14 billion dollars). In addition, combined sponsors, merchandise, and ticket receipts was another 2.2 billion pounds (about 3.4 billion dollars). http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/london-2012-final-cost-london-2012-games-revealed-135956051.html

There are about 50 million households in Japan, so that would be $280 dollars per household if the cost were the same as London. Expecting that Japan would be more expensive, lets say $400 per household.

If everybody in Japan skips their $700 Guam holiday and goes to the Tokyo Olympics instead, it could have a net positive effect on the economy.

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I am very glad to hear this, if Japan feels it is capable of this, then i trust them and support this fully. There is, btw, no way to consider the other two cities as possible and feasible place for such an even considering their real situations. Tokyo is the only possible one.

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If we're so adamant that it's Tokyo getting the games and not Japan, why are they using Fukushima and the Tohoku area as the sympathy vote? Surely that's not part of Tokyo, is it?

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Tokyo is too crowded for Olympic games. Imagine the amount of people and traffic.

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I dare say that all those JT readers who are against Tokyo's bid are the same readers who use JT to bash Japan all the time.

Well said Brainiac , there are some who relentless bash the place at every chance for no good reason.

Tokyo should get the games, spain is no where near suitable and neither is turkey, only option is Tokyo.

Although I do agree sponsors should foot the bill not the citizens.

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Why is Spain "nowhere near suitable"?

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What Japan should be doing is putting this money into an economic Zone in Tohoku and trying to lead the world in alternative energy development and attract more foreign business and workers here to help pay taxes.


It still seems people can't distinguish the difference between the national budget which is responsible for implementing and paying the above versus that of metropolitan or state finances.

The $4.5 billion estimated is already established and collecting interest.

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I wonder if Ishihara will live to see the day of the opening ceremony. I wonder how much of a supplementary budget the National Police Agency will demand.

I'd be 100% behind having the Games in Japan if the host city were Sendai.

As it is, it looks like Tokyo is piggybacking on sympathy for Japan and leaving the people of Tohoku, who are the ones who deserve a big international event like this, without a care.

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How did Spain even make the final three? Did Germany approve of this, because they would be financing the event if it does to Spain.

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Why is Spain "nowhere near suitable"?

Seriously you dont know why?

Read the news over the last 18 months, they can barely afford to buy bread let alone pay for the games.

Spain had the games not to long ago wasnt it barcelona? They still trying to recover from that.

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Definitely going to Istanbul, although nice of the IOC to offer bromides to Japan. Anyone remember Korea in the 1980s? Gwangju massacre in May 1980 followed by eight straight years of massive student riots and pitched anti-government street battles across the country, yet the Seoul '88 games went on as planned. The current fracas in Turkey pales in comparison to what was going on in Korea in the 1980s. Fact is, the IOC wants a games in the Middle East to follow the Americas (Rio '16), Europe (London '12), East Asia (Beijing '08) and Oceania (Sydney '00). Can you say Tokyo 2024?


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So.........did the OIC tell any of the last three "your bid sucks" or did everybody get the same "atta boy" evaluation?

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@kimuzukashi: In USA, World channel showed Inose talking in Japanese/ Are you telling that Inose was talking in English? Only in Japanese. Are you sure you were listening his Japanese as English? Inose goofed a while ago talked about Turkey. But situation changed. Maybe Japan will have the Olympic.

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World Cup in Japan was a great party. If the Olympics come here, it would be a blast.

Re visitors coming here to see the games, I think it's prohibitively expensive for most. Let's hope that by 2020, Japanese ATMs accept all of the "normal" international networks/cards; and that for the games, at least, hotel rooms will for once be priced by room, not number of guests in the room.

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If Olympic will be in Japan, there will be a bunch of advertising income. Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Matsuda, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, etc beside Bridgestone, Yokohama, Sumitomo Tires. Then, electronic industries, etc. Ntintendo, Pokemon, and other cartoon makers. These companies have been a big advertisers for Major sport arenas. It is more likely revenue producing events, BTW, it is cheaper and safer to go to Japan. Safer and cheaper to go to Japan than anywhere in USA, too. And also, there are Master Cards, Visa, etc you can use in Japan same us we can use in Macao. Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, and Vietnam, etc. Olympic tourists will flock Japan. These Japan Inc.Ad will generate more than enough income to Japan.

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