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Tokyo Olympics may allow foreign fans but there will be rules

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By STEPHEN WADE

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Grab some popcorn and enjoy watching the powers that be fumble around and butcher this one

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What a brown nosing article.

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If it does go ahead, doesn't sound like fun at all. A rule book?, to enjoy a highly priced day in stinking heat? To watch the handful of Atherletes who risk attending, really what an expensive day out with a rule book tucked under your arm.

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For real the government is still focused on the Olympics as cases are rising over the 300 mark and deaths are rising daily not like in N. America but going from 1 or 2 a day to 6 or 10 a day not a good sign people. The government should be focusing on stopping the go japan go campaign, closing down night clubs, putting a curb on the hours that restaurants can stay open and so on to stop the numbers of virus cases climbing.

Show people how to wear masks, so many are wearing them to cover their mouths only, my goodness when I have to get on the train my one morning a week a mask and face shield I am taking every extra step to keep that virus away from entering my body.

We need another stimulus check to keep our lives a float and not the OLympics which could bring more havoc on our lives.

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Muto was asked if foreigners visiting Japan would follow the rules. Japan has been largely successful controlling with virus with just over 1,800 deaths reported.

“I think it's difficult to control their movement and behavior,” a Japanese reporter said, speaking in Japanese.

Muto acknowledged the problem. Nearly everyone in Japan wears a mask — nearly everywhere.

“After the entry into Japan, we can’t follow the spectators and general consumers like we do athletes, so what should be we do?” Muto said. “We need to make sure the screening in sufficient before they enter into the country. That’s a keep point.”

As if everyone here follows all the rules all the time. Can you control the movements and behavior of Japanese? For all you people new to this, when you get past all that 'omotenashi' garbage, superficial bowing and fake smiling, this is Japan in a nutshell. They want your money but definitely don't want you and are already blaming any and all foreigners before anyone has even arrived or the Games have started. I seriously hope foreigners stay away in droves and the Games are a huge loss. They'll blame foreigners for that too but I don't care. Never will they change.

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Is there also a hotline where we can also snitch on Japanese who don't obey the rules too? I've seen plenty.

Nearly everyone in Japan wears a mask — nearly everywhere.

Keywords: nearly and nearly. We've had a 'lockdown' whereby no penalties were dished out to those flouting the rules, or should I say, suggestions. In some countries, you could get into serious trouble if you don't wear a mask, so it's not like Japan is doing its best. And Japan is one of the worst in East Asia when it comes to covid stats.

My advice to foreign spectators - don't come. Spend your money on something else or somewhere where you'd be more appreciated.

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Cancel that whole thing!

Why throw good money after an already ridiculous amount of bad money.

Do not pretend that those games could be even near to a success and at least try to be honest to the people. Do not waste taxpayer’s money anymore, ask for crowd funding that way people at least know that they throw their coin away. Bach will not like it, it is his organization that benefits most from the Olympics whether the organizers win or lose, the Olympic comity always wins.

I know a couple of people would lose their nice sounding titles and their generous income here in Japan but dismantling the full-blown organization will still take some time and I am certain the Japanese people will be happy to subsidize the remains gladly.

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Agree with others, I wish more than anything that the Olympics are cancelled and Japan suffers a major loss because of it. No expat with a bit of intelligence will be going to the Olympics next year

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[“I think it's difficult to control their movement and behavior,” a Japanese reporter said, speaking in Japanese.]

TRANSLATION: "(Foreign spectators) are impossible to control and their wildly unpredictable behavior goes against all Japanese norms, therefore they must be prohibited" a Japanese reporter said, preaching to the choir.

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It was reported last night on nhk Olympic fans will not have 14 day quarintine and can use public transportation.

Business (big companies) is top priority in Japan.

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Is there also a hotline where we can also snitch on Japanese who don't obey the rules too? I've seen plenty.

What rules? There are no rules. Only common sense and suggestions. Granted, not everyone is on board with those.

We've had a 'lockdown' whereby no penalties were dished out to those flouting the rules, or should I say, suggestions.

There has been no lockdown in Japan. There was a State of Emergency during which the authorities, as you note, put out suggestions as to how people should behave. There were no rules incurring penalties for non-compliance, because the Japanese government does not have the power to impose such rules. As far as I can see, people in the main follow the suggestions.

They should give up on the Olympics. It isn't going to happen. If they are held, not many people are going to come and the whole thing will be an even bigger financial disaster than was originally planned. Just cut the losses, and if some people really really can't give up, try again in 2032.

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Is there also a hotline where we can also snitch on Japanese who don't obey the rules too? I've seen plenty.

Great idea! Every expat I've seen wears masks and is socially distancing but hardly any Japanese do, let alone obey the rules, etc.. It's time to start snitching on the Japanese

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Inhumane Tokyo 2020 that prioritizes to look like "successful Olympic" than health or safety of ordinal citizen.

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I wish more than anything that the Olympics are cancelled and Japan suffers a major loss because of it.

That's pretty unpleasant to say, you want our economy to worsen? Why, how will that help things?

No expat with a bit of intelligence will be going to the Olympics next year

You're aware that many expats are working on the project - some of whom haven't seen their families in quite some time? They aren't all corporate types with money to spare - there's plenty of people working to send money home to families and they go where the work takes them.

And, if the circumstances improve, I'll hopefully be using my tickets to attend the Games.

Every expat I've seen wears masks and is socially distancing

Odd, I've seen as many fellow foreigners not wearing masks, as are. Varies from location to location, attitude to attitude, I guess.

but hardly any Japanese do, let alone obey the rules, etc..

Bizarre. Most Japanese (that I see daily) wear the masks. The few exceptions appear to be the occasional elderly man, or young guys. Overall, I see compliance.

It's time to start snitching on the Japanese

Why live here if it's that bad?

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First, abominable standards for this article. Fast food journalism or copywriting.

Muto San does not have a clue what he is talking about. Parachuted in. Damn parachute regretfully worked and now he sits there.. and sits there.. and...

Bach should at least realize this is now The worst possible time to come and talk up the Olympics in this resurgence. He should wait for the wave to pass if he really wants to hold the games. Which i suspect he does not but needs to be seen performing due diligence for the cancellation insurers.

I don’t think they should waste much time talking about foreign visitors as there will be none except for the directly Involved.

As for the commercial impact , the sooner its cancelled the less is waisted. For commercial ROI for an Olympic we mostly refer to benefits for airlines, hotels, tourism as a whole, retail spending, electronics sales, Advertising, sports apparel.. don’t see any of that happening. These ROI’s are always overstated to begin with.

The athletes already have only 8 months to prepare. The horses for equestrian events have to be shipped here Feb/March. Not going to happen.

i think they should be cancelled but if they happen i will go see some outdoor events.Track and field, Archery, equestrian ( cross country) .

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Can’t wait!

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 when you get past all that 'omotenashi' garbage, superficial bowing and fake smiling, this is Japan in a nutshell. They want your money but definitely don't want you and are already blaming any and all foreigners before anyone has even arrived or the Games have started. I seriously hope foreigners stay away in droves and the Games are a huge loss. They'll blame foreigners for that too but I don't care. Never will they change.

Probably the best post I have read all month! I concur 1000%!

 And Japan is one of the worst in East Asia when it comes to covid stats.

My advice to foreign spectators - don't come. Spend your money on something else or somewhere where you'd be more appreciated.

Agree. And good Advice to follow.

JP government just looking for a new scapegoat.

By July of next year, Japan definitely will have one of the worst situations in the world.

Even now, no one really knows what’s going on in Japan due to massive suppression of testing and censorships to criticisms.

Another good post!! Hear!! Hear!!

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Come on! Cancel that thing already. Japan will probably be fine by then but, after all the economic devastation brought by the overblown pandemic, I don't think other countries would like to spend money on sending athletes to a watered-down sports event when they'll have more important things to worry about. It is a shame, I was really looking forward to the games, but this is not only about Japanese but a worldwide event.

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Well I will bet a new hundred dollar bill that the Olympics will be held in some form and they will be successful under the circumstances. As I have said before the number of cases are rising while fatalities as a percentage are falling in line with the 3rd wave. Visitors to Japan should wear masks and follow social distancing and they will be fine. And please make sure you travel with traveler's health insurance just in case.

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To dub the prospect of holding the Olympic Games foolish, doesn't come close, it is completely mental. Let alone allowing foreign tourists from the likes of the USA, Europe or other places where the virus is surging and essentially out of control.

The various comments extolling the virtues of foreigners and deriding Japanese when it comes to protocols regarding masks and such, reflects a very odd attitude for a guest. The denigration of polite custom betrays either ignorance or a deep prejudice. As it is said, Yanqui go home.

An excellent comment by Mr. Maes. Thank you.

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Hope there is a vaccine by then.

Japan mulls exempting Olympic, Paralympic fans from abroad from 14-day quarantine

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201112/p2a/00m/0na/024000c

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Olympics lol...never gonna happen

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Rule 1. Pre entry virus test.

rule 2. Entry virus test.

rule 3. Government organized transport to specially prepared 2 week quarantine accommodation with security guards and tracking bracelets. No outside contact.

rule 4. All personal possessions and clothing has to be treated with high dose UV light.

rule 5. Contact tracing devise must be accompanied at all times once released after two weeks.

rule 5. Virus test on Japan exit.

rule 6. No use of public transport during peak travel times.

rule 7. All events must have 1.5m social distancing. This includes lines for events, stores and toilets.

rule 8. All foreigners must purchase a ¥100000 2020 Tokyo Olympic Deposit Card (2020TODC) before departure from their home countries. This is nessary to pay instant fines for breaking Covid-19 Japanese safety laws. Social distancing fines and not wearing masks should be ¥10000 first offense then doubling etc for further violations. Leaving quarantine should incur ¥200000 to imprisonments for second violations.

rule 9. All entrants must have valid travel health insurance. This must include medical eviction if they have Covid-19 complications at their own cost. Hospital beds will give Japanese citizens first priority.

rule 10. Any athlete who is involved in a sport that requires less than 1.5 m physical contact should be quarantined for 2.5 weeks. No training.

Rule 11. All fines of virus rule violators should be distributed to Japanese volunteers expenses and not to the IOC or Tokyo government.

rule 12. Proof of vaccination does not exempt any overseas entrants, (athletes, trainers, support staff, team volunteers, IOC members, political officials, media crews, people on business, relatives of this grouping, promotion companies, spectators and tourists entering for non-Olympics activities).

rule 13. No entry will be allowed for any persons who come from a country that might lead to their citizens applying for asylum once on Japanese soil.

sign. I HEARBY AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

This is the only way to save the old and vulnerable citizens of Japan. The virus is already mutated in EU where new vaccines wont be effective.

please delay to 2020. if not, the diet should pass this proposal into law.

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Rule 1.

No there is only one rule : either you do the Olympics and welcome every country, their athletes and spectators, or you don't do an international event.

Just cancel.

Thay can do Japanopics if they want.

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GoodlucktoyouToday 04:05 pm JST

rule 8. All foreigners must purchase a ¥100000 2020 Tokyo Olympic Deposit Card (2020TODC) before departure from their home countries. This is nessary to pay instant fines for breaking Covid-19 Japanese safety laws. Social distancing fines and not wearing masks should be ¥10000 first offense then doubling etc for further violations. Leaving quarantine should incur ¥200000 to imprisonments for second violations.

YES! NOW YOU ARE TALKING! MAKE IT ONE MILLION JPY YEN TODC AND YOU HAVE GOT A DEAL!

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it isn’t worth for foreigners to throw their money for a country that keep the blame to everything that is foreign.

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Yes, I do know that Japanese blames foreigners recklessly for all bad incidents in Japan without blinking an eye! But this time they might have a point regarding the mask issue especially with Americans who keep defying the common knowledge and dispute that masks help protect against COVID-19 because of the stupid outgoing president! If these people are allowed into Japan then their reckless behavior will definitely be an issue! Not all foreigners are bad but almost 50% are! In comparison to Japanese where the number is far lower!

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As a Japanese national of over 70 years old, I think the foreign people I've seen in Japan have been far more obedient of the rules during covid times than Japanese people have.

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I wear the mask and feel Japanese don't show me any discrimination in Tokyo. It is a small sacrifice.

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Here we go again! More social rules that foreign residents have to tiptoe around to make Japanese citizens happy and comfortable that we are here.

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