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Posted in: Japan officially launches its largest ever Olympic delegation See in context

That picture!

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Posted in: VIPs allowed at Olympic opening ceremony, but no fans: report See in context

Good thing that the Games are going to look like exactly what they are.

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Posted in: LDP, Komeito fail to win majority in Tokyo assembly election See in context

Whether you are pro-LDP or anti-LDP, like any reasonable person should be, this looks like a half empty / half full glass situation.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

@Hideomi Kuze

You are right. Shigeru Omi said that the committee's first intention was to recommend the cancellation or postponment but, since the government has made clear that these were not options, they focused on recommendations about the number of spectators.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

"Suga said a decision on spectators will have to be made by a meeting with four other involved parties: The organizing committee, Tokyo, the International Olympic, and Paralympic Committees".

And why not NBC and Procter & Gamble while we're at it?

They should not have to consult the IOC on a national and regional public health issue. Just inform them when the decision is taken.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

Really hope they'll have it without. First for safety reasons, just look at what's going on with the Euro. 

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/who-warns-third-coronavirus-wave-europe-2021-07-01/

Second because the IOC and NBC just deserve to show the dullest Games in the history, for having so greedily and stubbornly imposed the Games THIS year. Not to mention the stupid mid-summer dates in the first place.

I hope TV audience will crash and the whole thing leads to an in-depth reform of the IOC.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 673 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,751 See in context

Looks like it's going to hit 1,000 a day by the time the Games start. 

Bach, Suga & Co. must be brainstorming their head off on how to justify keeping spectators in the stadium.

Expect some creativity.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher Olympics rules for Delta variant-hit countries See in context

The UK, although one of countries with the higher Delta variant presence, will probably exempted from the "tightened" rules. Let's wait and see.

Double standards have been the rule in this mess since they decided to force it down a couple of months ago so I don't see why this would change.

At least they're being consistent there.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher Olympics rules for Delta variant-hit countries See in context

Good luck with that. Delta variant is already present in 80 countries, including Japan.

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Posted in: Olympics may bring more risks than economic benefits for Japan See in context

Does it matter, really?

I think it's been proven many times already that the Games are for the economic benefit of the happy few rather than that of the host country.

And I'm not talking about Tokyo 2020 only.

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Posted in: Hashimoto says Olympic organizers have to tighten anti-virus measures See in context

"daily tests, in principle", "measures not necessarily 100% effective" but "safe and secure Games".

Still amazed that she can come and say that without blinking. And without the press in general and the publisher of this article to underline the hypocrisy.

Oh, well, they put "safe and secure" in between quotation marks, I guess that's as far as they'll go.

Anyway, where's Coates hiding? Still in quarantine?

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Posted in: Money, money, money: The cost of Tokyo's pandemic-delayed Olympics See in context

@addfwyn

Was about to write the same thing. In France too, recent TV coverage of the Games has been 90% about French medals, the remaining 10% about the huge international stars like Bolt.

This time I won't be bothered as I won't watch anything.

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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context

@Tokyo-Engr

Exactly. Agree 100%.

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Posted in: Tokyo marks 1 month until pandemic-hit Olympics open See in context

Seiko Hashimoto, president of the committee, said at a press conference. "If the Japanese people have even a slight sense of worry, then we must give up.

I have been taken for a fool before but this is record breaking.

She's soldiering on, whatever happens and no BS statement is too big for her. She can come in front of the press and utter the biggest possible lies with hardly any inquisitive questions.

Damn incredible!

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

Perhaps the moral burden of forcing unwanted Games to a reluctant population in a pandemic took its toll.

Anyway, good recovery.

But I feel more sorry for the Games' staff who only gets the overwork and none of the benefits, as @savethegaijin showed. I wish everything goes well for you and your husband. Very sad to see that someone downvoted your post.

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

@objective

Where do you get this 32 million shots' figure from?

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

@monty

I see. Sorry I miss your previous posts and then your main point.

However, if 10,000 people show at each event, I think that it is still not inconsistent with only a minority of the population supporting the event.

I believe the "80 against / 20 for" proportion was correct a few weeks ago. It's probably more around 70/30 today. Might be 50/50 later or even reversed proportions. That'll be interesting to observe.

If the readers' comments and upvotes/downvotes ratios on Yahoo News Japan are anything to go by, there is still a massive opposition to the 2021 Games.

I would have liked to have polls on Tokyo citizens only, actually.

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

End of my post:

You can try to justify your point of view in any weird way you like, it just doesn't stick. I think you are a supporter of the Games, fine with that, but please don't try to twist the reality of things to support your personal opinion.

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

@Monty

Have you heard about the concept of opinion poll and representative or random sample of a larger group? I assume not, considering your comment. So I'm going to take a minute of my time to explain the obvious.

The 2,000 people surveyed are either totally randomly chosen or randomly chosen into certain groups according to criteria like age, region, etc. This selection does not have, in theory, any embedded bias in regards to the the question asked, in that case "are you in favor of holding the Games this year"?

Actually, as most Japanese media sponsor the Games, it is clear that, it they actually play on the sampled population or on the phrasing of the questions, that will be in favor of the "support the Games this year" reply.

Now, your 10,000 sample is obviously in favor of holding the Games so it is not a random or neutral sample of the population. If you do a poll on this population, 100% will say they support the Games, won't they? Is is just one the most biased sample you can get.

You can try to justify your point of view in any weird way you like, it just doesn't stick. I think you are a supporter of the Games, fine with that,

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

@Monty

Ridiculous affirmation. 10,000 people is 0.1 % of the population. There has always been at least 20% Japanese supporting the Games. They will easily fill the 10,000 spectators' cap but that won't mean the population, of the majority of it, is supportive.

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

I can see the reasoning behind this but it's totally flawed. To be fair to one person, giving him/her the right to compete, you're unfair tall the others.

I wish they would collectively abandon the competition.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Perfect picture for the no-fun Olympics.

If I had been asked to take a picture discouraging athletes to come to Tokyo, I would have gone with something like that.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

@tooheysnew

I don't think the negative mindset about the Games is limited to this forum of (mostly) expatriates.

You can check any Olympics-related article on Yahoo News Japan. Most comments are negative and get a 70-90% proportion of upvotes. Not on a few dozens of votes like here but on thousands and sometimes tens of thousands.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

@tooheysnew

Nothing here to be ecstatic about but the fact is that we've been saying that the IOC bubble was total cr$p for weeks. Here is one very clear illustration of our point.

Others chose to praise the said bubble.

And now we should apologize for having been right all along?

You must be kidding.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

"Uganda is seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 variants and has just tightened lockdown measures. About 590 deaths have been reported, likely an undercount, given the scarcity of testing".

Undercount. Scarcity of testing.

You mean there might be a relation between low death stats and low testing numbers?

I am shocked.

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Posted in: Number of officials from overseas at Tokyo Olympics could be cut by another 25,000 See in context

I also think that a certain number of people are just not interested in coming anymore, looking at how fun it's going to be with all the testing, GPS tracking, no alcohol after 7, etc.

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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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