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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

@noriahijanen

It's probably true that the general mood has shifted a bit in favor of the Games as compared to a month ago. I still believe a large majority wants it postponed or cancelled though.

I'd like to know actually. But how do you trust these polls when so many have been twisted already? Would also be less suspicious of the media if they actually did their job.

Even AFP said a majority of Japanese were supportive of the Games after the Yomiuri poll. Seriously...

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

@noriahojanen

About polls, there's only one neutral way to ask the question. Well, if you want to know the population feeling.

That is: do you think that the Games should be held, cancelled or postponed?

I understand that the Yomiuri poll asked whether people thought the Games would be held and that the NHK one did not propose the postponement option.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

@ Ian

Isn't this one the poll where people were asked whether they THINK the Olympics should be held? Has there been a new one since?

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

@ffs

Can you please point us to that poll showing that the majority of Japanese people are in favor of holding the Olympics?

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Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

... hing a global conversation now?

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Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

On second thought and although I welcome the Lancet piece it also comes so late in the game that it has a CYA aftertaste.

What are the actual chances of launc

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Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

The Lancet must be another bunch of fear mongers / doomsday supporters / conspiracy theorists. (Tick the right box).

Being sarcastic, of course but I prefer to better make it clear because some people here might actually agree with the above and tick all three boxes.

So yes, good move by The Lancet. However, a bit late... I believe it'd have been better to put this one out before the G7 summit.

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Posted in: Biden says he supports Suga's plan to hold safe Tokyo Olympics See in context

CYA 101. The wording of the declaration is crafted in such a way that Suga can say Biden supports the Game and that, should things go bad in Tokyo, Biden can say he supported SAFE Games.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans -- or no fans at all See in context

Had to look this 'monger' word in the dictionary, being called a fear monger several times a day on this forum as a supporter of the Games' postponement. Was surprised to see it is a synonym for merchant or dealer. 

I believe all people opposing the Olympics this year have absolutely nothing to sell. Zero financial interest in the Games taking place or not.

That cannot be said from the IOC obviously, but also the J government, the sponsors (including many mainstream J media), Dentsu and other advertising agencies, and maybe one or two posters here that I believe are on the IOC payroll.

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Posted in: Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics during pandemic See in context

Well, Euro Dude, we are tax payers financing the mess for the most part. And who are you?

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Posted in: Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics during pandemic See in context

Sort of agree with the previous posts but, still, I am wondering where Koike has been lately.

Has she made any official statement related to the Games or Covid in the last 2 or 3 weeks? Last thing I remember from her was the announcement of a panda's possible pregnancy.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

"He did not clarify if the strict tracking will apply to tens of thousands of others who will enter Japan for the Olympics and Paralympics, including IOC officials, officials of national Olympic committees and sports federations, broadcasters, and others arriving to work as contractors at the games."

You mean: no journalist asked that simple question??? Was it during a press conference?

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Journalists are going to love this. A foretaste of the next Games in China.

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Posted in: Half of Japanese people think Olympics will be held this summer: poll See in context

Amazed by the number of (apparently) English native speakers that make a confusion between the verbs "think", in the title, and the verb "wish".

Maybe you could check for the nearest Kumon?

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Posted in: Half of Japanese people think Olympics will be held this summer: poll See in context

@gintonic

Hilariously accurate!

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Posted in: Half of Japanese people think Olympics will be held this summer: poll See in context

Although this scenario seems more remote by the day, I still hope good sense will prevail and the Games will be postponed.

If they happen, well, I will make a point of avoiding them. And, as a big sports fan, that will cost me some.

If they happen, I don't think they will be a success though. Not because a small number of sports fans will boycott the event but because the larger public will not be as interested as usual.

See the second chart on this page about US audience:

https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/06/04/tokyo-2020-olympics-postpone-poll

Somewhere down the line, I hope this sad episode will lead to an in-depth reform of the IOC and the FIFA too while we're at it.

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Posted in: Communication the game changer for Tokyo Olympics: ex-IOC marketing chief See in context

@Ricky and others

I wonder whether it is possible to oppose the Olympics this year without being called a conspiracy theorist or a doomsday whatever on this forum? Sounds like very lazy thinking to me. 

About the Games being a super spreader or not, we don't know. Neither the pro like you, nor the anti like me. Many of the best informed people, scientists, said there was a risk though. Even JGov's main counselor doesn't seem so sure anymore.

So we are just saying 'it's not worth the risk". "Let's take the risk", pro-Games say. 

But for what actually? No audience, no international exchange, no excitement. Athletes parked and tested everyday. It's going to be no fun at all. 

Factor in the current state of the medical system here, the poor vaccination roll out, the damage of repeating SOEs on small businesses and precarious workers ... There are simply many other priorities and it's just not the right time.

Personally, I would be much more relaxed if I didn't have to read the IOC propaganda daily. Safe and secure bubble, symbol of unity, overcoming the pandemic, eco-friendly podium... Blah, blah, blah...

I fell I could have even have a bit of respect for them if they just said "This is sports' business. We're in it for the money and we won't let go. What did you expect?" instead of pretending they're on a mission to save the world.

Can't stand the hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Eco-friendly Tokyo Olympic podium, medals, music unveiled See in context

@Bjorn

Thanks for pointing this. I had not noticed. The Procter and Gamble logo is almost dwarfing the Olympics' :-(

I don't have a problem with sports' sponsoring as such but I don't think the IOC can do that and feed us with the "Olympics' ideal" speech at the same time, and then expect us to take them seriously.

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Posted in: Eco-friendly Tokyo Olympic podium, medals, music unveiled See in context

@FFS

You made my day! Thanks.

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Posted in: Eco-friendly Tokyo Olympic podium, medals, music unveiled See in context

@FFS and possibly others thinking that people are getting in the mood for the games or excited about them, I suggest you take a look at the comments' section on this article on Yahoo News about this article on a Japanese swimming champion.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/f681dcdbd8e14f5a86e4ee5f9879c949e6de7c04?tokyo2020

Very few people in Japan are looking forward to the Games.

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Posted in: Eco-friendly Tokyo Olympic podium, medals, music unveiled See in context

Not sure what best describes this. I hesitate between "beyond pathetic" and "beyond cynical".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 508 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,831 See in context

@Zoroto

Sorry but how can you say they are reducing testing?

I don't have much trust in that government and am still dead against the Olympics happening this year but the fact is that 95 percent of the tests are done by private institutions (in Tokyo at least). So I don't see how the government can reduce the number of these tests.

The only way I could see that these figures are indeed manipulated is that they would just stop entering the number of positive cases transmitted by private labs in their master Excel spreadsheet. Seems a bit incredible.

Or maybe the labs just don't bother sending their results anyhow? Does anyone has a clue how the system works exactly?

In the end, it's just maybe that fewer people go for a private PCR test for whatever reason (price, less infected people, ...).

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Posted in: Most medical staff needed for Olympics secured: Endo See in context

"Of course media members will be subjected to thorough movement controls, and we would feel safe if they observed these rules,"

So, no bubble here. First time this is officially stated if I'm not mistaken.

By the way, I guess this also applies to other people such as officials, sponsors, sports' federations, ...

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Posted in: 2 male police officers, one female officer reprimanded after sex in koban, station See in context

Cannot think of anything unsexyer than a koban station. And yet... :-).

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, will you watch any of it on TV? See in context

Definitely not this time and not until the current IOC system has been put down and reformed.

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Posted in: Athletes should travel to Tokyo with full confidence: Bach See in context

"You can travel to Japan in full confidence but, before you do so, please sign this little virus waiver document that releases the IOC from any responsibility if you get sick".

https://japantoday.com/category/tokyo-2020-olympics/ioc-tries-to-reassure-olympic-athletes-over-virus-waiver

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Posted in: EU leaders express support for Tokyo Olympics See in context

@theResident

Indeed, and sadly so. Scratching my head on what it would take to derail that train. Aside from an Indian-like development of the Covid-19 in Japan, I don't see. Of course, that's nothing to wish for.

Just asked the EU how they could make that statement after it's been shown that the IOC playbook was full of holes though. Probably as useful as "pissing in a violin" to quote my late mother but I invite other EU citizens to do so.

https://europa.eu/european-union/contact/europe-direct-answering-your-questions-about-eu_en

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Posted in: EU leaders express support for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Two days after a group of scientists showed that the IOC Playbook was half a joke... Can't believe the EU is backing the "safe and secure" IOC mantra. Doesn't smell good.

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Posted in: Major Japanese newspaper Asahi calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/sports/olympics/tokyo-olympics-cancel.html

Excellent article with updated information. Some scientists looked at the Playbook and they're not impressed apparently.

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Posted in: White House reaffirms support for Tokyo Olympics See in context

I can't remember the last time when double standards were so obviously, officially in fact, displayed. I find it very sad and believe that's how you lose people's trust in the long term. Also surprised that many seem to find it normal or even feel happy about this.

Well, to quote the great Frank, Olympics aren't dead yet but they sure smell funny.

Rotten to the core, I'd say.

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