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Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin

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Horrible beds in horrible rooms in horrible buildings. A disgrace even without corona

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The IOC and JOC are set to make billions of dollars off of the athletes so the least they could do is provide more hospitable accommodations. This room looks like a really cheap motel.

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WTF?! Could they have made accommodations more uncomfortable if they'd tried?

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I wonder what the tender process involved in the purchase of those wonderful beds.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Don't use your free condoms in those beds!

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The cardboard beds are back! Just don't flop down on them

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monogrammed bedcovers, in case the athletes forget where they are and why they are there. (⌒▽⌒)

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The IOC and JOC are set to make billions of dollars off of the athletes so the least they could do is provide more hospitable accommodations. This room looks like a really cheap motel.

I’ve seen better rooms at a Motel 6, and yes, they’ll leave the light on for you, too.

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All the apartments already sold?

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Do those fans in the room mean, no AC? Or are they just a bonus?

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I need to file a complaint! Those beds are not social distanced!

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All the apartments already sold?

Who would buy these apartments? Public housing HDB estates are much more cheerful in Singapore than these grey concrete blocks.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The rooms look claustrophobic, the furniture as cheap and tacky as you can get and the buildings are appallingly ugly. If that is the modern Japanese minimalist design ethic then no thank you.

A concrete nightmare? Or a cunning plan to so faze the foreign athletes that Japan maximises its medal haul? ;)

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I’m getting a major LeoPalace vibe from that room.

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The development of the housing project cost the Tokyo government 54 billion yen

No, the development of the housing project cost the Tokyo taxpayer 54 billion yen.

And no doubt taxpayers outside Tokyo will also be expected to chip in.

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Horrible beds in horrible rooms in horrible buildings. A disgrace even without corona

Heck. I didn't know there are so many JT posters who know how accommodations are supposed to be as ex-Olympics athletes. Oh yeah, Japan probably should omotenashi them by futon and tatami-mat only with rice and miso-soup.

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I can see lots of ‘hopes and dreams’ being incubated there…NOT!!!

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Wow! Quite stylish and modern. C'mon guys give IOC and JOC a break! The recycled cardboard is a great touch!

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

The bed size on top picture leaves a bad taste - the organizers do realize that most of athletes coming are foreigners with a much larger build than normal Japanese national? The width of these beds means one roll over during sleep and the person is going to fall down. Not to mention the length of bed - anyone expect the basketball players to sleep on these beds? Very embarrassing in front of world media/athletes - is this the best Japan could do?

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You also need to see Olympic Village rooms for Rio 2016, London 2012, and even Olympic prior to those. There is very little difference in configuration and furnishings. Do a Google image search if you don't believe and stop the Tokyo Olympic bashing!

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

The athletes' rooms have two beds whose frames are made from recycled cardboard.

So they bought them at IKEA.

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I can understand the recycling the recycled cardboard beds. No one is going to be buying those beds or wanting to sleep in them.

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Hoping that was a mock up room that’s on the ground floor and next to the pathway.

I remember when they first showed the cardboard beds, the British team commented that they would be using the beds from one of there sponsors.

like previous comments, I hope there is AIr Con.

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Oh No Japan! You forgot casino and discotheque and 24 hours massage services!!

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LOOOOOOL looks like a youth hostel! I’m sure all the 6’4 olympians will be very comfortable in those ikea beds. Absolutely no privacy. What a mess.

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Looks nice! I plan to have my firm put in 4 bids to buy some of these flats!

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Cardboard beds for the athletes?

Restricted to their quarters except for the events?

Now this sounds like so much fun.

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The beds look like they are made from pizza boxes. I doubt they'll be able to make an Olympic shot putter or deadlifter comfortable. I wonder if the athletes will be able to take those 2020 bed sheets home with them.

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I am concerned about the lcknof social dustance between those beds. Surely, with an entire year having passed, a solution could have been found to reduce viral transmission hazard?

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People talking about how bad the accomadations are? Many of these countries are 3rd world (real 3rd world, not like Japan) and to be able to stay in a room like this is LUXURY! I am sure the rooms are the last thing the athletes are worried about! They are here to WIN and live out their lifetime dream!

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I think it's a great idea to use cardboard for the bed frames. It's very sturdy, especially for this kind of temporary use, yet it's affordable, and there are a few projects in the world, where cardboard furniture has been designed, with the purpose of them to be used in emergency situations, etc. The amount of waste (both materials as well as funds) would be much bigger, if these beds were made from e.g. wood, only to be discarded after. It's highly unlikely, that someone would be keen on buying & re-using the beds after the games. This solution is more ecological and economical.

This is a temporary event and a temporary, short-term visit for most of the athletes in any case - the housing doesn't have to be 5*, many athletes are used to much worse conditions. And if it was, many commentators here would then be complaining "how dare you spend so much money on these non-essential games?!?".

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Since they’ve been told not to use the comdoms I hope the showers at least have a bit of privacy because those beds aren’t going to offer any!

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Have fun in your cardboard boxes. This is going to be the loneliest olympics ever, with no public in the stadium, and probably not much on TV neither. I guess the athletes don't care very much anyway.

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The expat community here is such a positive bunch!

Just a photo of some beds is enough to trigger the usual happy crowd.

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Tokyoite

But as to be expected lately, what a terribly sad affair

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Not to mention the length of bed - anyone expect the basketball players to sleep on these beds? Very embarrassing in front of world media/athletes - is this the best Japan could do?

Indeed.

I wonder what the tender process involved in the purchase of those wonderful beds.

The standard process....is your company boss related to or connected to a nigh ranking LDP politician? No...sorry, you dont meet Olympic standards...yes? Love your proposal.

The expat community here is such a positive bunch!

Thats wbat decades of experience here do to you mate.

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Those rooms will be used for three weeks. They are dormitories - not a hotel.

Beds are constructed out of high-impact, recycled cardboard and can support 200 kilograms. There are extensions for too tall athletes. The beds are six feet, ten inches in length. Seven foot, six inches with the extension. Inexpensive and sturdy.

The rooms are similar to any Olympics in the past several decades.

Wealthy athletes, essentially pros, like the USA Men & Women's basketball teams haven't bunked in a dorm since 1998. In 2016, they had accommodations on a cruise ship.

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Close to $500M USD spent on this but the blanket at most in bulk purchase are $20 USD. With Ikea like furnishings ranging no more than $1000 USD per room. Someone made a killing using Govt money. Cronies and JGov. I live in central Tokyo and the same block has annual construction on replacing trees, columns, pavement on monthly basis. Corruption at its finest!

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Athletes will dine on tables with transparent acrylic panels, while staff will wipe down surfaces after meals to curb the spread of the virus.

Have we not been made to undestand throughout this pandemic that this virus is spread through the air, why is there need to wipe surfaces? and why hasn't there been need to wipe the straps and handles on trains after the train reaches the last station on the line.

Or is it because we are dealing here with the heavily virus infected gaijins.

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Beds just have to last a month or so. Give the organsiers credit here. Well thought out and at minimal cost.

Come on folks, show some positivity for once!

/s

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LifealertAus

People talking about how bad the accomadations are? Many of these countries are 3rd world (real 3rd world, not like Japan) and to be able to stay in a room like this is LUXURY! I am sure the rooms are the last thing the athletes are worried about! They are here to WIN and live out their lifetime dream!

By 3rd world countries, i guess your mind is on African countries and carribean island nations, asian and south american countries, so which are the 2nd world countries ? I guess a homeless in Tokyo, New york, London, paris all first world countries is happy abd prefers being homeless in a first world country than living in a 3rd world country with a roof over the head and without the need to scavenge gabbage bins looking for food. If you don't know alot of people in your so called 3rd world countries lead a far better and rich life than people in the 1st world.

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Tora

Beds just have to last a month or so. Give the organsiers credit here. Well thought out and at minimal cost.

Could you please share the cost with us ?

Thanks

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Beds just have to last a month or so. Give the organsiers credit here. Well thought out and at minimal cost.

Come on folks, show some positivity for once!

Yes, did you look at the costs?

If you think that the price is reasonable.

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Those beds scream poverty

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See the positivity levels are at their usual high level here. Thank god none of my friends are Victor Meldrew clones. I’ll enjoy my last beer in a bar, keep up the good work Victor.

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@shogun36

Do those fans in the room mean, no AC? Or are they just a bonus?

Haha I had the same though. Also I’m hoping those are magic fans that don’t spread the virus.

@reckless

I’m pretty sure I read last year that Nitori is supplying the furniture. Anyone correct me if I’m wrong.

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Very lame room, I was at the village very recently & you all will be happy to know that the ground floor outside the building is just DIRT, but have no fear that dirt will be covered by FAKE grass(there was boxes of it ready to be deployed), so no need to use any real grass, all very eco.......not!

And lots of finishing touches still needed finishing

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THAT is what cost us 54 billion and what they refused to use for the sake of people dying because of a lack of hospital space??

They should be utterly embarrassed. Well, they will be, for sure, but the should be already.

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A $35 Motel 6 room looks more comfortable than those cardboard beds.

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Those beds are an absolute joke. Best athletes on the planet trying to rest, and be ready after trying to sleep in kid sized beds?? What ARE the organisers thinking?

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Nothing short of a sport concentration camp.

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Pethetic olympics MEGA CONTAGIOUS COVID HUB ready !!!..

Horrible beds in horrible rooms in horrible buildings. A disgrace even without corona

What can You expect??..

It's the pathetic olympics !!...

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Jesus, what's the deal with those beds? Are they expecting the athletes to turn into midgets upon entering the country or something?

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I thought the photo was a joke at first, but it's serious. Couldn't be more tacky and terrible. The painting on the wall. OMG...

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@bakakuma/ drlucifer

Tried to make it obvious I was being sarcastic....

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Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin

Show off? I would be embarrassed in that photo.

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