Hidenori Suzuki, the organizing committee's deputy executive director of marketing, though he had very specific local numbers, said he did not know how many tickets had been sold outside Japan.
“We do not have an accurate figure," he said. He suggested it was 10-20% of the overall total, which could mean anything between 780,000 and 1.56 million tickets.
In addition, neither the organizers nor the government have said how much the one-year delay will cost, with most estimates at between $2 billion or $3 billion.
Who's in charge of this shambles, Hello Kitty and Chibi Maruko? $25 billion down the benjo for Nippon Kaigi sportsday and no-one can answer a few basic questions?
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"Here, the United States has a strong interest in having extradition requests submitted by Japan (and other treaty partners) resolved promptly," Hassink wrote in court documents.
A bare-faced lie. Does this man not know that the US has repeatedly denied British requests for the CIA agent Anne Sacoolas to be extradited to the UK to face trial for killing 19 year old motorcyclist Harry Dunn by driving on the wrong side of the road?
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MickeliciousToday 08:35 am JST
More fisting and yet more pro-alliance propaganda, not really what you want to see first thing in the morning.
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Feminists like JK Rowling are getting steamrolled by the Mainstream Media which is desperate to silence voices like hers.
Fox News is the mainstream media in the US. Did they try to silence JK Rowling? I must have missed that...
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Seeing the Hobbit celebrate a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford with a fist pump is indicative of how far the Goldman Sachs Soccerdevils have fallen. Ferguson would have been screaming blue murder at dropping two points at home...
Pool ground it out in gritty style, City have no focus without a proper centre forward, United are dire, Chelsea are struggling at the back: it all points to a first title for Spurs since 1961. Mourinho does tend to come good in his second season at clubs. Lord help us all...
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Comedy gold from Mr. Bach.
The IOC was perfectly happy with this political demonstration:
"Avery Brundage, the American who was the IOC’s president from 1936 to 1972, “was a Nazi sympathizer and a friend of Hitler. And then another president, Juan Antonio Samaranch,” who held that office from 1980 to 2001, “was a fascist, and a close friend of Francisco Franco. He also was a Nazi sympathizer. They both worked very hard to stand with the Palestinians and against Israel, and that’s why the Israeli athletes were never given the proper respect or justice."
This article includes a photograph of IOC chairman Samaranch giving a Nazi salute at a funeral. Samaranch was Thomas Bach's mentor.
This idea of the Olympics being "politically neutral" is a joke. The IOC even allowed an all-white team from South Africa until they were shamed into banning the country in the 1960s.
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Simon FostonToday 07:39 am JST
Mr. NoidallToday 07:01 am JST
Of course it's not true. I borrowed it from Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson
These Trump supporters have never heard of Cook/Atkinson, let alone know their famous lines. Quoting stuff like this just gets them all riled up, which is amusing in itself.
One poster used Ali G's famous line "Is it coz I'm black" yesterday, which immediately provoked fury among the crackpots, who took it seriously. The moderators, who clearly didn't know it either, deleted all the comments. Lol, as people used to say.
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"Japan is opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea," Suga told a news conference in Jakarta.
The hypocrisy is brain-melting:
"The U.S. conducts many land and sea exercises in the Pacific region. One of the most confrontational exercises is the Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) which are designed to challenge “excessive coastal state claims over the world’s oceans as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention.”
In spring 2017, the Trump administration stopped FONOPs in the South China Sea hoping China might increase its pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests. But by summer 2017, the U.S. restarted them with six FONOPs in 2017 and five operations in 2018. A record number of U.S FONOPs in South China Sea with a total of nine Freedom of Navigation operations were conducted in 2019.
In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of Freedom of Navigation missions. The first FONOP of 2020 was on Jan. 25 with the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery sailing past Chinese claims in the Spratly Islands. During that operation, China responded by sending two fighter-bombers to fly close to the USS Montgomery.
In early July 2020, the U.S. sent two aircraft carrier strike groups, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups, to conduct dual carrier operations in the South China Sea".
It's the US which is escalating tension in the South China Sea.
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the mass ethnic genocide right now being inflicted on the tragic Uighur muslims.
There is no mass ethnic genocide of the Uighurs. Why do you continue to write this nonsense on here every day?
"While this extraordinary claim is treated as unassailable in the West, it is, in fact, based on two highly dubious “studies.”
The first, by the US government-backed Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, formed its estimate by interviewing a grand total of eight people.
The second study relied on flimsy media reports and speculation. It was authored by Adrian Zenz, a far-right fundamentalist Christian who opposes homosexuality and gender equality, supports “scriptural spanking” of children, and believes he is “led by God” on a “mission” against China.
As Washington ratchets up pressure on China, Zenz has been lifted out of obscurity and transformed almost overnight into a go-to pundit on Xinjiang. He has testified before Congress, providing commentary in outlets from the Wall Street Journal to Democracy Now!, and delivering expert quotes in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ recent “China Cables” report. His Twitter bio notes that he is “moving across the Atlantic” from his native Germany."
If these stories about the Mongolian language being banned in Inner Mongolia are actually true, it's a terrible thing and the Chinese govt should be criticised, just as Japan is criticized for its historical treatment of the Ainu people and the banning of their language.
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Why isn't anyone saying anything about this when they had lots to say about previous articles on this topic?
We all know the answer to that.
For the record, I agree fully with the Imam.
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This scenario is based on the assumption that UK EU trading relationship will continue.
It simply wont, supermarkets will not stock items they cannot sell, they will source outside of the EU.
There will be no shortage of countries lining up to under cut.
This is the primary reason the EU refuses to accept Johnson Government unwillingness to continue negotiations.
Steroid beef, chlorinated chicken and hormonal milk, all courtesy of Uncle Sam, to compensate for the total destruction of British agriculture. Bless.
Bartering and zero-hours serfdom. The January sales will take on a whole new meaning.
Together with homemade medicine and a repeal of all environmental protection laws. It's a fracking brave new world!
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All part and parcel of the massive US-sponsored disinformation campaigns, Red Scare/Yellow Peril programs and anti-independent media drives which have been increasing for years:
"In October 2018, Facebook and Twitter oversaw a large crackdown on alternative news outlets, banning massively popular pages that reported critically on US police brutality and militarism.
A veteran neoconservative operative who works closely with US government-backed institutions, Jamie Fly, took credit for the 2018 social media purge. Fly boasted to The Grayzone contributor Jeb Sprague that that censorship of alternative media was “just the beginning.”
Soon after making these revealing remarks, Fly was promoted to the head of the US government’s media arm the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an information weapon created by the CIA during the Cold War to spread propaganda against the Soviet Union and communist China.
A former advisor to neoconservative Senator Marco Rubio, Jamie Fly is also a top official at the powerful US government-funded think tank the German Marshall Fund, which helps oversee a campaign to discredit American independent media outlets by insinuating links to Russia and China that often do not exist."
As mentioned above, all countries (particularly the US, UK, Israel and Russia) are active in disinformation and propaganda, but in the past few years it has totally infected the western media. I'd be willing to bet that in a couple of months this story is revealed to be nothing more than fake news.
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tooheysnewToday 09:44 am JST
lose the man bun !!
Really. Have you seen Leeds United? It's frightening, half the team have them. The 21st Century mullet....
Anyway, the Spurs game was yet another defensive shambles by both sides. What on earth has happened to defending in the Premier League this season?
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MullerToday 07:38 am JST
Lowy institute? Hardly a neutral “think tank”
Founded and owned by Frank Lowy, former Haganah terrorist and best friend of Bibi Netanyahu, billionaire shopping mall magnate, knighted by Boris Johnson in 2017. Right-wing, neo-liberal, neo-con, pro-US, Zionist, pro-nuclear blah blah blah.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the US continues its aggressive show-of-force policies in the Pacific and South China seas. Needless to say, US arms manufacturers are making billions, flogging their junk to Taiwan et al.
For anyone interested in reading something other than propaganda, here's a great overview by Ann Wright, the former US Army colonel and diplomat:
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This seemingly endless tsunami of Olympic propaganda is becoming seriously tedious.
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Rumours is a great pop album, one of the very best. It's all the more remarkable as the band members were going through brutal divorce proceedings from each other at the time of recording and were out of their minds on drugs for months, by all accounts.
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Stories like this are annoying because they allow the extremist far-right to dismiss all minority concerns as trivial frippery.
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All nuclear power plants release treated water into the sea. Given Tepco's long history of lying, corruption and astonishing incompetence though, I wouldn't believe them if they told me it was raining outside.
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An ultra-nationalist, Yasukuni-licking fountain of lies and propaganda.
Dictatorship is liable to hate intellectuals or scholars.
Particularly dictatorships that want their universities used for military research, against the wishes of the staff, students and most ordinary people.
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This is all because Japan's academics don't want their universities used for military and weapons research. Suga continuing his precessor's chip chip chipping away at Japan's peace constitution.
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Trump's personality is disintegrating, the man's in serious trouble.
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Bribery, corruption and endless lies. These revelations won't be a surprise to anyone, nor Dentsu's role at the heart of it. While there are good people at Dentsu the company itself is evil.
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How thrilled I am to see my family's tax money being wasted on a celebration for a racist bigot who ran a sex slave camp during the war. Yet another Nippon Kaigai day out for the Yasukuni boys.
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happyhereToday 07:19 am JST
The perfect chance to turn the page and move on is being lost. Second huge mistake by Suga in less than a month.
Third, if you count giving a job to Yakuza-linked Nippon Kaigi knuckle-dragger Hakubun Shimomura.
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Posted in: How can public health officials around the world help COVID-weary people, who are are sick and tired of being told to wear masks, keep their business closed and keep their distance from others, to maintain their guard against the coronavirus? See in context
kyushubillToday 08:01 am JST
Stop the draconian "public health" edicts by unelected bureaucrats who get off showing off their power
Like in Sweden, where the response by the Public Health Authority has resulted in a death rate nearly as bad as the the US?
Not to mention:
Sweden’s overall Covid fatality rate so far has been on a par with America’s and roughly ten times that of Norway and Finland;
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, expected to see Covid antibodies in 40 per cent of Stockholm county residents by the end of May but the actual level was 6 per cent;
Not locking down did not save Sweden’s economy, which shrank faster that its neighbours’ in the second quarter of the year, by 8.3 per cent.
More than 40 per cent of Covid deaths in Sweden have been in care homes, suggesting a strategy of shielding the vulnerable while letting the rest of the country stick to business as usual didn’t work either.
7% of all Stockholm nursing home residents have died.
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Athletics officials say pro athletes are not the only ones targeted, as demonstrated by a case last year that became a police matter when a guardian noticed a man taking photos of a child surreptitiously from the stands at a national-level meet outside of Tokyo.
Ten men were taken to the police station after the incident, but a few returned to the track the next day because the preexisting law provides no penalty for such voyeuristic-style photography unless it involves distributing nude, sexual, or pornographic images without consent.
Paedophiles at a athletics event photographing children. Revolting, but sadly no surprise. Why on earth is there no national paedophile register in this country?
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LDP eminence grise Toshihiro Nikai is chairman of the All Nippon Travel Agents Association. This is yet more corporate welfare for Japan's travel industry, using our tax money.
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