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Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country

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By STEPHEN WADE

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee tried on Tuesday to reassure the Japanese public that the postponed games will open in just over six months.

Two polls in the last few days have shown just over 80% of Japanese people surveyed think the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or believe they will not take place as COVID-19 cases surge in Japan.

In what was billed as a New Year’s address, Mori gave a little pep talk aimed at the July 23 opening of the Olympics.

“Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said. "Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeated for months that the delayed Olympics will be able to open during the pandemic. But they have given few specifics and have said detailed plans will be revealed in the spring.

It's an enormous job. More than 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from 200 nations and territories will have to enter Japan, along with ten of thousands of other officials, coaches, and judges. No decision has been made public about fans being able to attend venues. It's also unclear if fans from abroad will be permitted.

Optimism from organizers has been put into question by a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding areas declared last week by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Japan has controlled the virus relatively well, but cases are rising with about 4,000 deaths in Japan attributed to COVID-19.

Japan has a population of 126 million.

“If I get caught up in my thoughts, or if I flinch, or get a little lost in my mind — it affects everything,” Mori said. “We have to proceed as planned. There is no other way to respond.”

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Not going to happen, he is clinging to a balloon is the rough seas of denial.

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Not going to happen, he is clinging to a balloon is the rough seas of denial.

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Not going to happen, he is clinging to a balloon is the rough seas of denial.

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Even I am a big supporter of the Olympic Games, because I like that amazing sports event and it is a big chance for the athlets to show their skills and to step into the professional sport, but as long as the Corona Situation is not getting better all over the world, it makes no sense to keep on with the Olympics.

If an effective and safe vaccine is already implemented successful at that time all over the world, then I would say, yes let us do the Olympics.

But I really doubt that.

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Mori needs to face up to reality.

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This Mori guy is a worthless bag of hot air

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"we will do our best until the end.”

When infection rates from visiting athletes, officials, tourists, domestic tourists and a total lack of social distancing at venues, bars, restaurants etc coupled to an utterly unforgivable lack of urgency to vaccinate the population in time causes an unparalleled number of deaths in the country. But the show must go on!

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We have our own brains and we can use them well without you trying to convince us of your truth.

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Making comments without recognizing the public's concerns (and the world) has no meaning in this age and irresponsible. I don't see any information on how they plan on protecting attendees from getting sick.

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“We have to proceed as planned. There is no other way to respond.”

Japan Inc.
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As president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Mori gets paid two million yen per month. Pretty good money for a retired old politician.

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Mori is so called "ro gai." Problem caused by old people.

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The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee tried on Tuesday to reassure the Japanese public that the postponed games will open in just over six months.

If 80% of the Japanese people are truly against the Games going ahead, then using the word "reassure" to describe Mori's speech seems kinda inaccurate. Describing it as an "up yours" speech would seem more appropriate.

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Suga, the IOC, Mori and Bill Gates versus the majority of the Japanese people. That's what's happening right before our eyes. Will the people finally rebel against these sick IOC officials and their global elite friends and say enough is enough and the games are canceled. I certainly hope that the Japanese people will protest and ban the IOC officials from ever coming into Japan again. In the name of humanity!

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“Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said. "Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

wasn't there an American politician who promised the American public that the Virus would be gone by spring? Oh wait...

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"Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

Want to give joy and hope to many people? do your best and cancel the games you idiot

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The best way to "bring joy and hope to many people" would be to cancel the Olympic games, prosecute the bribed officials involved in the fraudulent boondoggle(including Mori and his bloated salary), break up Dentsu and seize its assets for malfeaseance , and use the proceeds liberated by this to fund projects benefitting the majority of citizens.

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Halt the useless Olympic. Or let them have a ball.

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Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said. "Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

What wartime melodrama , give it a rest , world is dealing with pandemic, circus can wait, majority of Jpublic is against it.

if I flinch, or get a little lost in my mind — it affects everything,” Mori said. “We have to proceed as planned. There is no other way to respond.”

Typical J- oyaji think, no flexibility whatsoever, if something is decided it cannot be changed, lest we loose some mythical face. So screw public health and the virus, I have to keep face and profits for my buddies. Moron dinosaurs.

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The other day, we hear from Suga (and Gates): "No vaccine, no Olympics".

Today, from Mori: "I will do my best to hold the Olympics"

This has nothing to do with the games. It's all about laying the groundwork for post-cancellation finger-pointing and face-saving. Those who have lived in Japan for a long time should be familiar with this refrain.

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Japan can't even control the virus now with its local population, how is it going to manage with tens of thousands more arriving from foreign countries and on top of that manage heat stroke issues as well? Idiots.

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MORI: “Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights,"

COVID19: "hold my beer"

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to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end

ahhh, what a sweet sweet man.... (⌒▽⌒)

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Yes, it's much easier to just give up.

But not everyone has that loser mentality.

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After IOC Exec Dick Pound's speech that athletes (and the accompanying bloated train of officials and support that goes with them) should get priority over everyone else to enable the games to go ahead; disgust for the Olympic Circus and Lords of the Rings has increased.

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It'll be a day of celebration when these Olympics are cancelled.

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These are supposed to be leaders, with a vision, but they are Don Quichote’s fighting windmills, chasing lost causes for self importance and self interest. Repulsive

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It'll be a day of celebration when these Olympics are cancelled.

If the olympics are cancelled, it would mean covid19 has not been put under control.

Yes, go celebrate that.

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They won't happen. People in western countries are too dang selfish, stubborn and have to much freedom for things to go back to somewhat normal. In these conditions, athletes won't be able to go on with their regular trainings so a lot of them won't be on their best shape.

I wanted the Olympics to happen and bring tourism back (so I can go back to my career) but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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I agree @Garthgoyle

With the resurgence of the virus in many countries, even if they do manage to control it here in Japan enough to go ahead with the games, it's hard to see it happening

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This Mori guy is a worthless bag of hot air

In other words, a Japanese politician.

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Making comments without recognizing the public's concerns

He did, just the RikiWeb article doesn't mention is.

He said

1) Only 5% more are against holding the Olympics than earlier

2) 40% "only" wants to postpone, so they actually want the Olympics

So basically, he spun the terrible polling into his favor, like he's been doing for the last 90+ years.

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Whatever Mori is smoking, I’d like to purchase some, because he’s not living in reality.

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I wanted the Olympics to happen and bring tourism back

Would it have actually boosted tourism, though?

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“If I get caught up in my thoughts, or if I flinch, or get a little lost in my mind — it affects everything,” Mori said. “We have to proceed as planned. There is no other way to respond.”

Mori sounds just like some deluded general from the Imperial Army High Command in August 1945

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This Mori guy is a worthless bag of hot air.

Perfect material for Japanese PM ...oh wait.

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Mori is famous for his love of sport. He was playing golf when a Japanese ship was struck by a US nuclear sub off Hawaii. He finished the round, of course. He's a local boy made good who's made of career of endlessly failing upward:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2001/02/23/commentary/time-running-out-for-mori/

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Good luck with that not going to happen. ha

CDC to require all air travelers to US to show negative coronavirus test

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/12/health/cdc-international-travel-covid-19-test/index.html

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@Zodiac

Suga, the IOC, Mori and Bill Gates versus the majority of the Japanese people.

You are misrepresenting Bill Gates involvement. He has nothing to do with the Olympics. He merely suggested that IF they were to take place, a rigorous vaccination plan must take place, including in in Third-World nations. Which is another way to say that IF such plan is not carried over, then there is no way they can take place.

As for the reported sentence he might have said "Gates called on Suga to host a successful Summer Games as it would send a strong message to the rest of the world", that's just a way to start a conversation. Gates has no power to decide if the Olympics are going to be held or not, so assuming they will, he was just being polite.

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Mori you crook, your over-inflated salary would better serve the people of Japan than lining your pockets!

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He seems useless.

Amakudari at its finest.

I loathe at such people doing nothing outside hot air with taking a heavy paycheck while he has already abused taxpayers all his life.

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Overpaid bureaucrat 'reassures' the country that he and his rich mates will go against their will and do everything they can to hold a huge international event during a pandemic.

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“Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said. "Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

In other words, "We know 80% of you don't want the Olympics, and there's no way they're going to happen, but if we keep pretending they will, I've got a good few months left with my snout deep in this delicious trough which you and your kids will be paying for long after I'm dead. "

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say NO to Olympics in Tokyo this year.

enough is enough.

there are more important things to solve these days here.

say cash handout to these in need because of so called lockdowns etc as good example.

speed up vaccination process for these who are interested to educe virus spread.

provide free packages for all of vitamin D to build body immunity against viruses.

etc etc etc

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