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About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit this month: organizers

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I am sure more will quit..but the J-Gov't will continue to say, "The show must go on". Get ready for a MASSIVE uncontrollable Covid wave.

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Today’s “Problem,...No Problem” (Same article): “A significant drop in the numbers could be another hurdle for Tokyo 2020’ ... and,...“organizers don't expect the Games will be affected, since the number is only about 1%.” -

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The total number of volunteers recruited by Tokyo 2020 is 80,000 and organizers have said they don't expect running the Games will be affected, since the number quitting is only about 1% of the total

.The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to Aug 8.

It can affect another volunteer and during pandemic they can not replace them easily.

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agree with all 3 posters here.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

They should run a survey on how many want refunds for venue tickets.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

So, it will be a now-show concerning the volunteers and maybe soon for the complete Olympics.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

OK...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

There's not going to be spectators so probably funny need them.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

No one would volunteer during this pandemic. Olympics organizers should people to do it.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

1000? 5 or 10 000yens later for sure. They also may put the few last volunteers acting as spectators...

4 ( +4 / -0 )

No one would volunteer during this pandemic. Olympics organizers should pay people to do it. Many are still struggling to make ends meet.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month

But......

Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

I see no real loss there. So....why is this news again?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I’ve mentioned it before but I believe with the “slimmed down” Olympics and probably little or no spectators, they’re going to need far fewer volunteers. I’m expecting a “thank you but no thank you” letter at some time along with a conciliation prize of an Olympic logoed ¥500 Quo prepaid card.....but even that might be tough given the budget constraints!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

They don't care about a drop in volunteer numbers because they aren't going to be dealing with millions of tourists for the event.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

It seems this article was just written to name drop Mori.

"After all it's only 1% who quit"

8 ( +8 / -0 )

More important than regular volunteers are the medical personnel that is also supposed to volunteer their time, space and access to medical resources for the games. I would be interesting to see if they are also quitting in the same way.

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So 1,000 less gaudy neon shirts and caps to print up I guess lol

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*About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month*

But......

*Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited** separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government*

I see no real loss there. So....why is this news again?

Those 30,000 volunteers were recruited back when the initial 80,000 Olympics volunteers were recruited, hence why the continuation of the sentence you quoted ends with:

 which was unable to immediately comment on how many have quit.

It could be far less than 30,000 by now.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Well no problem since Olympics are probably going go happen without spectators anyway. The remaining volunteers will be able to mutate into spectators for much of the time.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Maybe the 1000 who quit are Mori supporters who find nothing wrong with insulting 50% of the Japanese population.

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These volunteers will only be missed if they are needed in a very skilled volunteer position, those that are to work outside venues, near stations etc they will have too many anyway.

Please note their numbers are about 80k.... add in athletes, coaches, venue staff, MEDIA etc etc & its easy to see even if athletes are kept in a bubble, virtually all the rest of the people involved WILL NOT be in any bubble & many WILL be in proximity of athletes\coaches......

This is way beyond absurd, the games need to go & the J-govt needs to beef up vaccinations!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Who cares, if there's no Olympics.

I don't know why anyone would want to work for free for huge corporate companies, ask for a wage, they can afford it

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Get ready for a MASSIVE uncontrollable Covid wave.

Nah. Covid is so passe now. No one cares about it anymore, so that means it's gone away. /s

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Geez, this news site is so negative about the Tokyo Olympics- why? The Games could very well be the dawn of a new, post-COVID world. Japan will embrace the Games, regardless of fake news.

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Maybe the 1000 who quit are Mori supporters who find nothing wrong with insulting 50% of the Japanese population.

actually women make a a majority of 51.3% of the J population

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Geez, this news site is so negative about the Tokyo Olympics- why? The Games could very well be the dawn of a new, post-COVID world. Japan will embrace the Games, regardless of fake news.

nope more likely the dawn of the biggest super spreader even in history. with all the covid mutations to boot.

are the Olympics organisers going to insist every body coming to Japan are tested and or vaccinated, are all the J volunteers going to be vaccinated before the event?

The only fake news are coming from those that think that holding the Olympics will be no added risks to the J population

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The Games could very well be the dawn of a new, post-COVID world.

What is that, a post-COVID world? Such a thing doesn’t and probably won’t exist. The only possibility for that would be implementing the NoCovid-strategy, that means a last effort of a strict and complete lockdown for the time span the virus can survive at maximum, let’s say about three months, but of course there is no sign for that in the near future or that any country is already willing to do it and of course that strategy would also include that there are no sports events.

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I reminded my volunteering for the sailing part in Enoshima not due to Corona, but because they made it a heavy duty job with so many crazy rules about toilet time, lunch etc. They old people running the system wanted to make you an underling and slave and used seniority as their command of the populace wanting to volunteer. Acted like the recycling jiji at the recycling street areas.

Quite sad. Volunteers should be respected, not commanded.

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soon all of them will do as there will no olympics in Tokyo this year so these volunteers can help in other fields...

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Make them first in line for the vacine I'm sure you will get loads of helpers.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I hear Mori's available for volunteer duties.

Maybe he can serve tea for the female athletes.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Stick a fork in these games, they’re pretty much done.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

No problem, they won't be needed. There will be very few or probably NO foreign visitors, and reduced, spaced out seating for spectators.

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So how many volunteers are even left? How many of them even remember they are actually volunteers?

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I wish this article to be published as a simple little table of distribution of quitters vs joiners over the past few months with some extra stats like gender, age, reason of quitting etc. Then we could make our own conclusions with greater confidence.

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“Keep the populace in the dark” as long as possible

@Baradzed 1:37p JST Wishes

*“...these articles to be published as simple tables of distribution over the past months with stats like gender, age, reason..., *Then we could make our own conclusions with greater confidence.”

We ask daily, but can’t even get REAL numbers for COVID.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No Olympics to save human lives.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to Aug 8.

Uh huh.

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