There’s probably a financial penalty to be paid if Japan unilaterally postpones or cancels the Olympics. A recommendation by the IOC or perhaps WHO would get them off the hook, hence this procrastination.
Empty stadiums plus risk of re-spreading the virus again seems have more risk and bad impact economically.
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Cancel it for 2020. Have Tokyo host it in 2024 ( if it is still willing ). Paris hosts in 2028. This gives Paris more time to build and prepare, and allows Tokyo a chance to recoup their investment in 2024.
does it really need to be done every 4 years? If things improve late this year why not do it on 2021? We are in the generation where changes are happening and encouraged, why not allow it for Olympics too especially if it's for good reasons.
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Do you know what is in Abe's mind now ? Hahaaha, you don't, I do.
Abe wants a miracle, as simple as that.
This is not about what Abe's mind, this is about what is right for the safety of people and economy. He doesn't have to wait for a miracle as he can avoid this disaster.
Yes I am not a scientist neither you are, but one thing I am sure of, thousands of people (and still growing) are dying because of this virus. As someone mentioned above, pushing this through will lose the essence of temporary closing the schools and other public events. It shows that they aren't really that committed to fight this disease. Even the greedy capitalist Disney closed for almost a month, this means this has to be taken seriously with careful considerations as "IT IS REGRETTABLE" will not be acceptable if things get worse especially if it results to the lost of many lives.
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iraira, you have never been a Prime Minister, have you ?
It is not as simple as IOC's decision, much more complicated than that. Japan, aka Abe, has to be involved, and to be shown hard facts for the canceling
You don't have to be a Prime Minister to have common sense that saving lives (including yours if you are in Japan) is priority than this extravagant event. People are not asking to cancel but suggesting to postpone and re-schedule it when all countries have fully recovered from this pandemic, which is very unlikely to happen soon as it is just starting to spread in Europe and US . As of now the corona virus has already impacted the economy so badly and pushing to make this Olympics happen on it's original schedule will worsen that. All these travel ban and preventions will go to waste if you will let people go again risking to start spread the virus rather than completely stopping it. It is being postponed for good reason, you don't want Japan to be blamed for re-spreading this disease again. Shikata ga nai yo. What is your solution if in case the infections grow again in Japan?
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How come "UNITED" is the motto? when the principle of Olympic games is COMPETITION ? A competition about which first world country is the best. Why not focus on the values of competitiveness?
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I think Nissan should think about changing it's lawyers as this will make them look more bad than Ghosn for this move. It's like shooting their own foot as this is obviously a poor accounting management of their company. The fault is at that person who released the funds without checking if they will be used for business purpose or personal. Now try to explain your shareholders why a big company like yours don't have this basic pre-approval process for spending.
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why can't some people admit that ghosn isn't exactly totally innocent here? he did do some shady things. did it rise to the level of imprisonment? no, but that doesn't mean he should rise to the level of martyr, either.
Because it is not for you and me to decide wether he is innocent or not, I can't speak in his behalf but one thing that I agree with him, despite of the accusations he deserves a fair trial. And everyone in Japan wether foreigners or Japanese deserve a fair trial.
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What!? So you mean a big company Nissan doesn't have a proper accounting department team who analyze the justification of the cost first before approving the release of these funds? I think this is more of like a Nissan company structure's fault.
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Oh! One Billionaire put a dislike on my comment. lol
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isn't it great? That his only problem is how to get rid of his old multi million dollar plane that he only uses so he can sleep well on long flights? While his workers are all paid 20 man (or less) a month. What a great and very sinpiring man! (slow clap)
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definitely these seats are where he had sex with hundreds of his gold digger girls , Maybe 3-5 gold diggers per flight? haha
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What makes you OWN your Olympics?
They are cheats through and through, up to the state level.
Any evidence that ALL Russian athletes are cheats? You are generalizing all Russians.
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so it's should not be Tokyo Olympics anymore. It should be TOKYO X SAPPORO Olympics. I wonder how this got away, I thought there is a preliminary presentations and deadlines of each bidding candidates' exact plans to win the deal? Obviously this is not included in that presentation and the Tokyo Olympic committee is getting away with it. Indeed Japan is the world's favorite.
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if we want equality at work then let's ban these too, Sempai & Kouhai culture and prioritizing top popular universities when hiring.
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How about just banning dress code at work? Wear whatever you want. Can someone also fight for men's rights to ban neckties ? What is the purpose of it anyway? It's choking and uncomfortable!
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Use it. For decades to come. Same as with the venues built for the 1964 Tokyo games, the 1972 Sapporo games, and the 1998 Nagano games.
The venues in Sapporo and Nagano can be converted to skii / snow board resorts that can be beneficial to the people and city . I am wondering how this aquatic facility generate profit and pay for it's bills and maintenance? There's not much aquatic sports being held in the city regularly?
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Great! Now I'm wondering what are they going to do with this after the Olympics is over?
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Is this really necessary? Do Japanese people really benefit from these?
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The Nazi party was something new and alien on Germany. They invented a new flag, new language expressions, new art, new mythology, in the process destroying a lot of tradition they rejected.
Aren't these the same things that the Empire of Japan trying to impose to Asia during WW2? I don't get your point that since Nazi is an organization therefore they will be dismantled while the Emperor and his empire are spared because it is coming from the Empire system even though the atrocities they've done are the same? Yes both are different kinds of political system but their aim is the same. If there is anyone living now that is related to Hitler they will definitely get negative treatment from the people but this Royal family who are directly related to the mind behind the genocide of WW2 in Asia gets a 2 billion ceremony from the taxpayers.
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As government expenditure goes, this is completely innocuous and is being used here simply for Japan-bashing. If those commenting here were really concerned about tax money being wasted, they would focus on something really big ticket such as government plans to buy more than one hundred F35s at a total cost estimated to be north of $10 billion.
How is it a 'JAPAN BASHING' when the alternative we offer is for the good of the Japanese people? Buying these F35s are at least to help protect Japan from threats of potential enemies but this ritual cannot be justified why it costs billions because of it's confidentiality. If they are using tax money better to disclose where it is being used for.
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Still the Japans Royals are more humble and more subjective to the people of the land than most of the other royals.
At least Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and William served their military though.
I see Japan's Royal Family as Japan's obsession of copying the west. Like Tokyo Tower copying Eiffel tower, Rainbow bridge copying the Golden Gate and their Royal Family copying European royals particularly UK.
But it is more hassle in Japan because we laso have to use the Calendar system base on the dynasty era too (Show, Heisei, Reiwa) while at the same time using the universal western style calendar system as the primary.
And this is also not good for promoting equal rights for women as in the Royal Family women are always be inferior than men.
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I partially blame the US for this. After WW2 they have the opportunity to dismantle this like what the allies did to Nazi party but US allowed it to proceed. The funds that were used for the royal family after the war up to now can definitely help many Japanese citizen.
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Name one thing, one thing that him or his father did and can be truly considered a contribution to the world. There is none. Unless you consider that making blank statements and fake smiles in public is a big contribution to human kind. You may be brain washed and stupidly consider his father has a unique upbringing, the truth that there is nothing unique about him or any of them. They are just living a comfortable life paid with our tax money (workers money) literally doing nothing. That's the plain flat cold truth. You like it or not.
Very good points!
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As usual there is always someone ready to make a rediculous comment based purely on thin air!
How would you expect these people to be interesting if they spent their entire lives following royal protocols and their moves are numbered? They don't have the sense of reality , so how can they relate to normal people? From the time they wake up till they sleep, their actions are numbered and limited unless that fancy you?
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25 million live on or below the poverty level. 4 million kids living on or below the poverty level whose main meal of the day is their school lunches. NPO's like Second Harvest in Tokyo have increased demands for foods for the needy.
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I have no power to tell Japan to stop this so the only thing I can do is to let it be the way they want and comply but I really can't understand why Japan still needs to keep their Royal Family? Why are they so obsessed to always get aligned with Western Culture? This is like being want to become UK. If the Emperor has no political power then what is his purpose other than hosting these luxury events that is funded by the people who many are living in poverty. I see this just more of an entertainment, a luxury for the elite than a necessity for the majority of the Japanese people. I am nothing against it if it's not consuming too much from public funding and tax money must always be disclosed at all times.
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In other news outlet especially international one they said this trainee is another term for cheap labor. If it's truly trainee then why those trainee work in some industries that doesn't exist at all in their home country. Their specific skill will be completely meaningless when they go back to their home country.
Very true, this is rampant in country sides as the factories of these big companies are located in these areas. I used to live at Shizuoka and I remember meeting these people. They once asked for my help because they want to protest but they clearly signed contracts as "TRAINEE" the document / contracts are in english and japanese but these people also cannot speak english very well and due to desperation they just signed it without even challenging the agency who recruited them. I mainly blame these agencies for preying on these poor people. After they realized that they they cannot bring these companies down and they will not win that's when they ran away. Majority of illegal immigrants I know were used to be "Interns" and "Trainees" I don't agree with their decisions but I also cannot blame them and new laws like this will surely resolve this problem but I truly hope that this will be implemented not just to small and mediocre companies, but also to those who are big players as they are actually the ones who do these kinds of unjust practices.
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I've met some of these interns before and some major Japanese companies are the culprits. I don't know if this strategy is the idea of these companies to save labor costs or it's the fault of manpower agencies who recruited these people. These manpower companies do the recruiting on behalf of their big J-company clients and these people that they recruit are from the very remote places of third world countries and they offer them this opportunity and make it sound like it is a normal job, of course people from these areas are living in poverty and illiterate and due to their desperation they sign up without hesitation or understanding the deal clearly. They will receive around 60,000 - 70,000 JPY monthly and If you are from barrios this amount is big and tempting but when they move to Japan they realize that these payment are just allowance and not actual salaries and these definitely not enough to sustain a normal living in Japan. These result to poor living conditions, anxiety and depression. These people work as full time workers but obviously were paid very little and they are also introduced to Japanese working style where sempais bully their kouhais, Japanese people can accept and understand this but not these underpaid foreign workers who are already thinking that they were tricked. These trigger them to ran away and become illegal immigrants. I think if these companies intention is to train interns, they should recruit students directly from universities or vocational schools and not the people who are seeking jobs.
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