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300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms

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Hotels? They look like brand new Condos in Toyosu to me. They sure did spend a lot of money building those condos just for the athletes now I can see another reason as why they are desparate to host the Olympics.

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Athletes with "minor symptoms" of COVID will be allowed to enter Japan and compete?!?

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They are going to quarantine foreign athletes in these tower blocks while regular citizens will be free to go about business as usual in "quasi-emergency-measures" Tokyo? Can they really not imagine how this is going to be portrayed in the "foreign" media - or are they going to be barred and/or quarantined as well? And those tower blocks look a lot like covid incubators, from where I'm sitting. The govt needs a new PR department, one that is not totally myopic. I'd wager they've hired Dentsu for the job...

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These idiots in charge are out of their tiny little minds surely ?

Postpone the damn games until 2024 then hold them only if this mess of a virus and the impending war with china are over and done with.

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Athletes with "minor symptoms" of COVID will be allowed to enter Japan and compete?!?

No, for the athletes who get the virus here.

All athletes will be tested every few days.

What happens to the very few that are actually tested in Japan, where the real numbers are not transparent? ......

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Japan: Here is an Idea! Let's put people with MINOR COVID-19 symtoms TOGETHER with people who have NO Symtoms! This way, the people that possibly have the virus, will spread it to the people who have no symtoms!

THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE!

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So, Olympic athletes, all vaccinated and with negative test results, will be quarantined within Japan, while the Japanese population around them, pretty much all non-vaccinated and non-tested, will be going to work and even attending the games freely. Awful.

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What a joke.

Japan. Dude...

Nobody is coming. Nobody is watching. Nobody cares.

Save your money and throw in the towel there buddy.

Kill it before it dies.

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Everything about these Olympics is criminal and heinous. I hope they never happen again after this train wreck. Nobody cares about it or wants it.

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*We’re making this up as we go along ***-**

The second version of the playbook will be published later this month.

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Sheeze, look at those buildings. Anyone here who would rather reside in prison?

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No one out there, who can stop that whole insanity? Unbelievable.

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Nothing show that the Olympics are about "humanity's victory over the virus" than 300 rooms dedicated to infected athletes...

You really cannot make this up.

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Under the COVID-19 guidelines called the "playbook" released by the organizers in February, athletes will be tested for the virus at least every four days.

Will the IOC be in charge of the testing like doping test, if it is the host country doing the test, it might end up

mired in controversy where a strong contender can be ruled out as positive and an independent

test later on after the event revealing it was a false positive and nothing can really be done as PCR test

are not 100% accurate. The PCR tests should be treated by the IOC with the same importance like doping test.

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This article is a ‘soft sell’ about additional “Hotel” moneys being ‘syphoned off’, er,... spent @Oxycodin 4:19p.

- “which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of yen, according to the officials.”

(”*Don’t worry Harumi, your ”cut of the loot” is still coming” ; )*

Folks, we are witnessing the final stages of “the great cash grab” from the taxpayer’s pockets.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Please call off the Olympics.

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The photo is of the looming real estate ‘bubble’ that will ‘burst’ later. Let’s ALL hope these condos were purchased by more ‘corporate sponsors’ than ‘individual’ investors ; ) - (greedy 1%’ers)

7 ( +7 / -0 )

This scenario belongs in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Welcome, Elmer Fudd out to get that d'wat rabbit. You can be sure from the beginning that no matter how extreme and inventive Elmer (representing the Olympic committee) is, Bugs (representing the virus). is going to win.

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So a foreign athlete comes to Japan, gets covid positive without any reason since he is supposed to live in a bubble, and gets the rights not to participate to Olympic games.

As far as I know, even if an athlete got the simple flu and felt well enough, he isn't barred from doing his games.

Is that a way to eliminate opponents to gzt more gold medals ? It looks like it.

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I think Olympic will go ahead no matter what, because organizers have already used most of those sponsor's funding. Just think about those broadcasting rights, ad rights which will be difficult to return as in case of Olympic tickets refund. But J-govt is really playing a dangerous game here, without proper/precise instructions, confused authorities, confused volunteers, confused audiences it gonna be chaos and laughing stock for foreign media. Japan was first country to witness "corona-infection" after China in that cruise ship yet haven't learn anything. I'm getting a picture on those towers... Oh you have mild symptom follow this yellow line. You are negative follow green line. White line for no-results yet group. Red and orange... take the elevator.

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PURE..........INSANITY!!!

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Oh! That explains all the possible Unused ‘test kit’ Hoarding over the last year!

*- “the Tokyo Olympic committee has been looking into increasing the frequency of testing with less than 4 months to go before the opening of the Olympics.” -*

Unfortunately, if they were hoarding test kits, it may also mean the Extremely Low ‘Testing’ Numbers Reported Daily were ‘real’? - Who knows what to believe with all the lying and manipulation that has gone on to date. - Sorry, Japan.

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hotels and apartments get the most spread. Ships too. Do they not learn anything?

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Is the LDP trying to put the Rising Wasabi out of business? They're beyond parody.

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The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is planning to secure a hotel

Oh, there getting around to that just now? Way to be on top of things!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Is there still room for the future casinos?

National - Japan extends deadline for casino host city bids to April 2022” - Oct. 10, 2020 “The best location for a new casino is a place which is already...

These will do perfect!

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met a Spanish guy today at the beach, he's here with some big Spanish Meeja company, making ready for their coverage. there are 80 of them in the team. in the next couple of months this number will increase to 1000 (yes 1000) people, and before the start of the 5-Ringed-Circus they will draft 1000 more. multiply this by however many Meeja companies from all over the world will be involved, piping this epic out to the world..... maybe J-Gov should build another few dozen condos quick.

after the Games, the Spaniards will go back to Spain for a month, then to Beijing, to prepare for the Winter Olympics... to repeat this risky business....

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Are you kidding me?? International students can't enter japan, even with a 14-days quarantine and doble negative PCR tests, while an Olympic athlet with symtoms can enter and live oin an hotel paid by government? Japan, I am sorry but your leaders are completely crazy.

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.....and that's before we start counting the athletes, entourages, and VIPs..... all those hundreds of thousands of bodies waiting to go viral..... and many of them dispersing to venues throughout Japan (for the 'compact' Games, remember), people moving everywhere.... dear oh dear!

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met a Spanish guy today at the beach

So the athletes are supposed to be not allowed to travel around and take public transport, but these people do?

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So who is paying for all these extra costs?

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The worst part about those condos is the price, probably at least 70 million yen.

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What happened to Games being symbolic of mankind's victory over the coronavirus? Are they implying we won't have ended the pandemic in 10 weeks?

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DEGGREToday 

Are you kidding me?? International students can't enter japan, even with a 14-days quarantine and doble negative PCR tests, while an Olympic athlet with symtoms can enter and live oin an hotel paid by government? Japan, I am sorry but your leaders are completely crazy.

Add to this, even if international students have been vaccinated!!! Just absolutely unbelievable.

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Expect a big policy change after the Olympics regarding international students.

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Has the government heard of a term called “ common sense “???

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@Reckless

Expect a big policy change after the Olympics regarding international students.

The problem are the government priorities. There are vaccinated students (like me) who are following online classes from 1AM to 9AM because of jet lag. I am vaccinated, I would stay close in my room for 14 days (and even more, if necessary), I would never be a danger for japanese people. I just ask to be able to study, but after Olympic it would be to late, we are waiting since last year with any information on when we will be able to enter! That's inhumane.

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What a depressing photo. Guess our tax money ran out before they could do some landscaping.

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@Deggre: Surely you mean because of the time difference? Just sorting out the wheat from the chaff here.

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The condo complex in the Athletes Village are depressing.

Yes, it is inside Tokyo and very convenient in many aspects, but can't believe someone want to buy an apartment in these buildings after the olympics!

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@theResident

That's only one reason. There are many more: first of all, learning isn't as effective online. Secondly, some acrivities can only be led in presence (I can't graduate until then!). Thirdly, it is about self-organization: after I won a scolarship, I left my job for coming in Japan. I would look for something else, if just Japan said "no international students until date", but I can't because they just keep saying "next week", "in two weeks max". They just don't communicate with population. It's mentally destabilizing, and it's frustrating to see very more dangerous athletes enter with no problem. Simply, japan government doesn't give a **** about education.

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Minor symptoms doesn't make them less contagious . Minor for one person deadly for another.

Who are the idiots who decided this?

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And when someone is suddenly positive, will they isolate just the one? 

“athletes will be tested for the virus at least every four days.” -

Or, will the whole group get moved ?

 - “a few kilometers away from the athletes' village in Tokyo's waterfront district,” ?

Unlikely, but maybe they learned something(?) @sf2k 5:53p.

“hotels and apartments get the most spread. Ships too. Do they not learn anything?”

Perhaps it’s easier to control the infected if they’re isolated on, or near a body of water.

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Incredibly ugly, uninspiring buildings. Worst Olympic village ever?

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Kabukilover is right!

It is a LooneyTunes production...

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Good that the organizers are finally recognizing that it is practically impossible to prevent all cases of COVID between the athletes, at least they are not longer in such denial. Maybe next they can begin to recognize the unjustified pressure the games will bring to the host city at a terrible timing.

Also, considering that professional athletes can experience important reduction of their immunity in competitions, I think it is important to know if the organizers got the medical support and volunteers they were having trouble getting. One thing is to have rooms for mildly symptomatic participants, another would be to have room in the city hospitals in case of an important outbreak.

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I just ask to be able to study, but after Olympic it would be to late, we are waiting since last year with any information on when we will be able to enter! That's inhumane.

I understand and agree, but at least you know how Japan will treat you before wasting half your life here like I did. I hope everything works out for you but you may want to reconsider whether Japan is a welcoming place.

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Rode past these buildings a few weeks ago. To a western aesthetic they look like death incarnate. No plants (yet). But they do face Tokyo Bay, so that's a thing. Reminded me more of Malaysia 15 years ago, or somewhere like that. Maybe they'll sell cheap after being 'Covified'??

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This looks like far more than 300 housing units. Is this a photo of a new development where condos will sell for 40-50 million per unit after the developer has "rented" them to the government? Will they be unfinished, as the units for foreign athletes were in Nagano 1998, where they had to use kerosene stoves for heat? I remember going up for that event, encountering seriously pissed off international competitors who coudn't get decent translation assistance, or even a meal, because all the menus were in Japanese and they were charging 780 yen for kitsune udon. Japan should never be allowed to bid for another Olympics.

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Looks like the kind of apartment building they let you live in in North Korea if you work your way up to a janitorship in Pyongyang.

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So the hotel has had pleased to be guarantee that gives money from Suga government . Also Biden will stay any hotel here in Tokyo during the term of Olympics complying the Suga invitation .

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What please call off the Olympics in your force ?

You mean watching the Olympics including the torch relays ,opening or closing ceremonies & Paralympics all everything boycotted even video recording scenes on YouTube , Media Flash News on live or video don’t you?

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So many misconceptions in the comments. The village and the hotel meant for the athletes who test to be positive for the virus, are two separate things. The pic is of the village, not of the “covid hotel”. They’re not at the same location. The athletes who don’t have the virus and the ones that do (symptomatic or not, as you can be an asymptomatic carrier,remember), are to be kept separately this way. I see that only in positive light. The covid hotel is meant for those that these positive during,I.e. in the midst of, their stay in Japan.

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Sure @Vinke. Please tell us:* *Who/What scenario created those misconceptions?

*- “So many misconceptions in the comments. The village & the hotel meant for the athletes who test to be positive for the virus, are two separate things. The pic is of the village, not of the “covid hotel”. *

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How can you have no symptoms if you have COVID? Isn't a positive test a symptom?

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How can you have no symptoms if you have COVID? Isn't a positive test a symptom?

No, a positive test is a "sign" of the infection/disease, a symptom is something the patient tells to describe his problem.

For example "feeling feverish" is a symptom, having a body temperature of 37.5oC is a sign.

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Just cancel it. The whole spectacle is already as mess as it stands.

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Masterpiece of urban planning...all that greenery is hurting my eyes.

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Snowymountainhell, err, people not really reading the article properly?

Although granted, I also have inside info on this as well.

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people not really reading the article properly

Admittedly, it does start

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is planning to secure a hotel with about 300 rooms for athletes with minor or no symptoms of the coronavirus,

Is this a deliberate attempt to avoid expressions like "athletes with coronavirus" and "athletes who've caught coronavirus" for propaganda purposes? For others, the presence or absence of symptoms is irrelevant. Any carrier, symptoms or no symptoms, can pass it on.

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kohakuebisu

Admittedly, it does start

" The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is planning to secure a hotel with about 300 rooms for athletes with minor or no symptoms of the coronavirus,"

... it also continues as:

*The committee is considering reserving an entire hotel building located a few kilometers away from the athletes' village in Tokyo's Harumi waterfront district, which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of yen, according to the officials.*

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So coy - "a few kilometres from the athletes village" - that could be anywhere from Ota Ku to Koto Ku. Pray do tell where this Corona Hotel is, so we can all make a point of avoiding going near it until a month after the last occupant has left.

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