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Tokyo Olympics water survey shows mixed results on E.coli levels

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By Kiyoshi Takenaka

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Why are they persisting with this five-ringed faecal farce?

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Los Angeles has separate systems for rainwater and sewage. The former, if possible, is diverted to rivers to allow it to replenish aquifers.

Look at that sand. I would not even want to walk on it, much less swim in that cesspool.

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Blame it on the rain! Hilarious! The whole bay is a cess pool of toxic waste, pesticides, agricultural chemicals and poop! I’m always amazed to see families on the foreshore near Disneyland collecting buckets full of cockles to feed to their kids. The area where the events will be held are close to O’Daiba, which used to be the world’s largest garbage island. It was inadequately capped and sealed and is still leeching all kinds of toxins into the bay. That is why swimming is not allowed there. But, swimming is ok for the olympics, of course. They’ll fudge some results and go ahead with the events regardless. E.coli is only one of many concerns about the water quality and health risks of swimming in Tokyo bay.

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How about Nagano for this one?

Even islands would do well to adjust to changes?

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So, where it should be instead? I seriously imagine the government is going to pretend everything is okay as usual then someone will blow the whistle, cue frantic attempt to move it and denials of anything being untoward...

I am genuinely surprised they chose this location in the first place, I would rather not go in the water around Tokyo and would need a thorough shower after

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Swimming in Tokyo Bay ? Come off it, who in their right mind suggested that ?

Passing ships dump their toilets there! Let alone the small craft.

And if you've ever been to the beach in the Photo... and seen what's washing up along the shoreline, then you'll understand why no one swims there.

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Wonder if rain storage cisterns could help prevent overcharging water treatment facilities?

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So strange so different from the last century

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Blame it on the rain!

It's the JOC mantra for everything that happens with this Olympics, borrowed from a famous song.

Blame it on the rain, that was finally falling.

Blame on the stars, that shine at night.

Whatever you may do,

Don't put the blame on you.

Blame it on the rain, yea-yah...

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Nasty to have to literally swim in faeces....!

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Instead of just focusing on E. coli, I am sure there’s a dozen other health hazards in the water that warrants testing. I’m not a bacteriologist but I’ll bet it’ll be a toxic mix in mid summer.

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Let's change the place of the swimming leg a second time !

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So lets change this one to Hokkaido as well? Naah, too boring. How about Yokohama, they have Intl triathlons over there all the time...would be too obvious! So, lets move it to Fukushima, it was supposed to play some active role during the Olympics anyway. And we can show the world that its completely safe to swim in the waters off the coast near a reactor that went into meltdown....

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No water is safe that isn't processed.

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If the water is too dirty turn the race into a run bike run. I've been in several races where they had to skip the swim for one reason or another, water was too cold, currants too strong, too much wind.

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I was with the USAF at Yokota AB back in the 60s and 70s. At that time we were told that swimming in Tokyo Bay was like taking a dip in weak urine. It doesn't seem to be appreciably better today.

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The International Olympic Committee said last month that the marathon events will be moved to the far northern city of Sapporo to avoid Tokyo's summer heat

It's gonna be too hot in Sapporo too. How about a start date of Oct. 10?

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I don't remember them talking about human feces where people will swim when they pitched the "perfect Games"... hmmm...

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