A lot of posters here don't actually understand the situation at hand. The budget is already stretched thin and organizers have no clue where the additional funds are going to come from to prepare Sapporo. As I stated before, it's a political move. Things will stay in Tokyo and when runners start passing out, the IOC can point it's finger at someone instead of taking the blame for trying to make more money at the athletes' expense. The IOC has still yet to begin informing it's organizers of what to do in Sapporo. Too much money and testing has gone into Tokyo to suddenly just give it up.
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The marathons will more than likely stay in Tokyo. I have friends who are part of the committee for planning the Olympics. All of them are sitting on there hands because there has been no word to begin working on the athlete village in Hokkaido, medical staff, accommodations, or food preparations. This decision was mostly likely done for the sake for politics. The IOC and Koike wants to be able to avoid blame if the athletes start getting sick in the heat. "We tried to find a better solution, but the other person wouldn't let us." No consultation was made on the decision and everyone and the Olympic's sponsors are sitting on their hands waiting to hear what is really going to happen.
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It's easy to see some people have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to this topic. I've lived and worked with a local government that is a major port town and have seen first hand the problems arising. When a boat arrives, buses from all over the prefecture arrive and greatly congest traffic. The problem is this typically happens during rush hour when everyone is going and returning from work. Passengers from the boat tend to crowd convenience stores or markets and lay or sit around the parking or front doors throwing their trash everywhere and crowding the place as they wait throughout the day. It takes a lot of volunteers or workers to help assist them at the stations or at the city office. Then when most of them just use our city as a jumping point to see other more important areas, our city barely sees any money for it and we lose more than we gained. My local government has actually stopped trying to find workers or volunteers for the cruises and have actually limited the amount coming in.
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If people want to spend time trump bashing, that's fine but the idea of America having a strategic interest in Greenland isn't that crazy. The article clearly states why. If a war were to break out between the US and Russia, they aren't going to be firing missiles over Europe and across the Atlantic to get to America. Also it isn't the first time the US has bought territory for strategic purposes.
The thing I find interesting is a country that applauded the idea of forcing other foreign nationals out of their mother countries and into the countries who were victorious in the first or second world war or supported the idea that Austria cannot be united with Germany, even democratically, is crying out at how terrible it is to do such a thing to a person when someone brings up the possibility for themselves.
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It wasn't a civilian city at all.
Hey yeah. 20,000 soldiers dead and around 125,000 dead civilians. Doesn't sound like a civilian city at all. Oh? You also forgot Nagasaki in your reasoning for the atomic bomb. Around 150 soldiers dead and 80,000 civilians dead. In fact ground zero for Nagasaki was a church, one of the only observable landmarks of the city from air. But you are right, sounds like military targets to me.
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