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Tokyo Olympics chief invokes power of sport on anniversary of disaster

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Exploiting the earthquake, tsunami and pandemic for profit is a great idea.

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How about you invoke the power of coming together to help the survivors of the disaster rather than just commemorating the disaster?

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ToshihiroToday 04:22 pm JST

How about you invoke the power of coming together to help the survivors of the disaster rather than just commemorating the disaster?

Nah, instead let's create a "cute" mascot, because there is never enough mascots in here, new campaign, show strong determination, make a plan for year 2030... Oh, everyone, look, there is a funny looking bird who is fighting a monkey in a hat! Everyone come and look!

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saying it provided hope for survivors and in facing the coronavirus.

Um, no.

 the role of sports within society has become ever more relevant

No, less relevant.

 hosting a safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Games,

Um, no.

Tokyo's Olympic bid did not initially have the full support of the Japanese people, but they gradually came around when they saw how the Games could contribute to the recovery of the disaster areas.

Um, think it is the opposite way round.

Most Japanese oppose holding the Olympics this summer due to worries visitors from abroad will spark a resurgence in coronavirus infections, surveys have shown.

... as this next statement explains

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Using such disaster to promote a sports event that 80% of the japanese population is against is beyond disrespectful.

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I don't necessarily disagree with the "power of sport" bit, but there is a time and a place for that. Ten years ago, the Japanese performance during the World Cup was something that really helped rally people in a positive way. This kind of statement made then would have been appropriate, even as there was a lot of work to do recovering the region.

The "power of sport" is not something to draw upon when still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic though. I am normally an Olympic supporter but for this time just cancel them, celebrate the indomitable human spirit once we are past the actual crisis and people are vaccinated.

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Stooping to new lows out of self interest. There are no limits on how far she will go to preserve self interest.

disgusting

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So stupid, these people get massive Salerys for this. I really wish I had a sever head injury then I to could garnish a massive salery while talking absolute ****

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Imagine if all the money wasted on the Olympics had gone towards helping those affected by the disaster ( or even half or a third of it) or towards cleaning up the mess and making it habitable. I somehow think the people would appreciate that a way lot more than a sports event commentating their disaster. Of course the government cant do that as the real purpose of the games is all the fingers in the pie and in fact this commerating the disaster smokescreen is just cover for that

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On THIS day, people involved with the olympics should have just kept their mouths SHUT!

No respect what so EVER!

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Absolutely disgraceful how some people have used this tragedy to further their own causes related to the Olympic Games. Money wasted on this no-show could have been better spent on the communities which suffered.

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Hashimoto said the power of sport had become a focus of Tokyo's bid for the Games after the disaster and that the concept could be extended to facing the coronavirus pandemic.

Maybe next time a politician visits a hostess bar or a subsidy gets paid to Dentsu it can be in the form of an invocation of the power of sport.

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Low class.

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Hashimoto said Tokyo's Olympic bid did not initially have the full support of the Japanese people, but they gradually came around when they saw how the Games could contribute to the recovery of the disaster areas.

A horrible lie and provably false.

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A disgusting woman.

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"Daddy, Daddy, what does 'shill' mean?"

"Um, just Google Seiko Hashimoto, son."

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Tokyo's Olympic bid did not initially have the full support of the Japanese people, but they gradually came around when they saw how the Games could contribute to the recovery of the disaster areas.

How exactly?...by diverting billions that could have been used for Tohoku to the Olympic pork fest?

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This is just the type of BS propaganda the likes of Mori would come out with.

The whole point of having women in leading roles is that they are supposed to bring more compassion and emotional intelligence. Not to belittle the suffering and loss of the general public just so they can big up their costly charade.

Remember that the LDP level of emotional intelligence is saying it was good that the tsunami hit Tohoku and not Tokyo.

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If they really cared about the disaster victims, the candidate city for the Games would have been Sendai, not Tokyo.

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"Oh, so it's a profit deal!"

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The business and politics behind the Olympics is just too much for Japan to just cancel the games.

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The hypocrisy is astounding. Do these people actually believe the rubbish that comes out of their mouths? Or are they so morally corrupt that they believe their own bs.

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