Let’s get this this right. There will be non bubble because the Field Cast (general) volunteers will be taking the trains to their volunteer venues. Country team volunteers, who will have closer interaction with athletes at the training bases, will also commute on public transportation. There are no plans to vaccinate volunteers (ethically wrong as it is queue jumping the more needy) to test volunteers for COVID on a daily basis. If a volunteer is tested positive then their close contacts at the country team training base will need to quarantine. The bubble is a fallacy full stop!
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The contract with the IOC surely must have a Force Majeure clause in it, so all the Japanese government has to do is to invoke that clause. Then if the IOC want to take it through the courts, let them. It would be worst PR disaster for the IOC ever...mind you the IOC is already looked upon as a money-grabbing shambles. Absolutely no sincerity on their part.
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How about the “achieving the dreams” of a COVID free Japan? Another year, yes; this year no.
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Bach, Suga, Koike - how dare you! how dare you! how dare you! Do you prioritize athletes over the lives of the general Japanese population? I guess you are relying on the general silence of the Japanese to accept this? Have you seen what is happening in India? Does an athlete deserve a vaccination before someone dying on a hospital bed in India? You are morally corrupt and don't deserve to be leaders.
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Country team volunteers would be in close proximity to athletes at their training bases outside the Athletes Village. I assume the daily testing of “those close to athletes” would include the volunteers. The same volunteers would be using public transport therefore the bubble is burst from day 1. To avoid public transport and stay within walking distance to my country’s training base, I even looked at Airbnb accommodations - prices started from ¥300,000 for a monthly rental…..maybe happy to volunteer but not volunteer my wallet!
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More than ridiculous continuing with the games. Morally wrong when you see the suffering because of oxygen shortages in India and all the other pandemic problems around the world. If the government is that keen for the Olympics then 2022 is the only answer.
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A strong argument against 2022 was never presented (as far as I know). Some sports get it right: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-10/womens-rugby-world-cup-officially-postponed-to-2022/13232946
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Two British series, now hugely embarrassing to watch on YouTube, were Till Death Us Do Part and Love Thy Neighbour. Early 1970’s exploitation of racial stereotypes. Not the best of British comedy.
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Idiots at this stage. Wait till autumn at the earliest.
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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!
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Not touched upon here is the fact that many of the volunteers won’t be needed anymore due to a slimmed down Olympics probably without visitors and definitely none from overseas. The Olympic committee will also want to minimize contact between athletes and volunteers. I can’t see the Olympic committee extending the same precautions and care to volunteers too, especially as there will still be little rollout of vaccines by then. So I predict, after that joke-of-an-apology letter, the next letter we volunteers will get is a bowing letter of “services no longer required”. Wonder if they’ll give us the uniforms as consolation prizes?
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Smelly, kusai, smelly, kusai!
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Big winner? Netflix et al!
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With people discovering a work from home based working life and companies realizing all the cost savings on rent as a result, I seriously wonder about these mega projects....Mitsubishi were probably committed pre-pandemic but I truly wonder if they would come to the same decision in light of where we are now.
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To be fair for national taxpayers living in Tokyo, a spin off campaign for Tokyo residents should be made available at a later date.
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I downloaded the app but without a strong marketing campaign to encourage people to get the app, it's pretty pointless, surely. I haven't seen any marketing/PR anywhere to encourage its use.
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I wonder if Koike is holding off from announcing a new state of emergency due to the upcoming Tōkyō mayoral election and doesn’t want to do anything to chip away at her lead. It’s similar to the “everything’s alright attitude” until they were forced to postpone the Olympics - day after that decision, guess what? The state of emergency was announced. It smells of selfish political timing to me.
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Glass walls for the concourse allow for plenty of sunlight and give the building a bright, modern feel. The interior features tiled floors, and a clear view of the old station and the tracks.
Sterile with no harmonization with its surroundings.....JR can do better - just see what Keio did with Takao-san Station!!
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We take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over
All Trump's done is add a ton of fuel to the fire........
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It continues to flummox me why there can't be a single portal site for buying Japanese rail tickets across all the various JR companies. Missing from the above initiative is JR East and that sticks out like a sore thumb. Japan is so good as so many things except when it comes to this compartmentalized "silo mentality".
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It’s really quite simple. The Republicans will keep protecting Trump for a bigger goal of stamping Republicans values on the U.S. for decades long after Trump has won a second term. And that is waiting out Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s term and appointing a conservative replacement to the Supreme Court. Then with a firm conservative majority on the Supreme Court, the GOP will always be in Nirvana!
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Our daughter too and we are not financially wealthy but more importantly wealthy in heart!
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A non alcoholic beer is not a beer. Full stop!
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Kansai Electric concluded in a report of its internal probe released last Wednesday that the three former vice presidents did not breach internal rules and their behavior was not inappropriate.
Absolute joke and makes me sick!!
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Not happy about that at all.....I'm usually a strong brand fan of ASICS....I was up to now.
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Japan's hotel business law bans rooms without a window,
Then what about the capsule hotels!?
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