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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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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Well, Euro Dude, we are tax payers financing the mess for the most part. And who are you?
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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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"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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Journalists are going to love this. A foretaste of the next Games in China.
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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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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:
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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@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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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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You made my day! Thanks.
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@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.
Very few people in Japan are looking forward to the Games.
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Not sure what best describes this. I hesitate between "beyond pathetic" and "beyond cynical".
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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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"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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Cannot think of anything unsexyer than a koban station. And yet... :-).
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Definitely not this time and not until the current IOC system has been put down and reformed.
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"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".
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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.
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Excellent article with updated information. Some scientists looked at the Playbook and they're not impressed apparently.
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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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No, I clearly remember you said in previous posts that you hoped the Games would be postponed but didn't believe it would happen.
I also agree moving everything back four years would have been ideal.
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I'll take your advice... until the next JT article probably :-), meanwhile noting that you no longer totally exclude the possibility of a postponement/cancellation.
Petitions and "Online activism" for lack of a better word are only a part of the equation and not decisive ones for sure, but they keep the debate alive. If the Games are indeed postponed, it will have more to do with the real situation of the virus and its variants' spread in Japan - which I think we don't really know but I guess foreign embassies have their own information -, and, as you say, the pull out of a major country. Seems clear now that J-Gov won't move an inch.
U.S. position is now very weird but Biden's PR confirmed the country's support to Japan. France is tied up with the next Olympic slot. Germany?
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Signed the petition indeed,.invited many to sign it, wrote comments here and on several international newspapers, particularly in my country, wrote to and called my embassy in Japan, wrote to my national Olympics committee, inform friends and family of the situation here.
I wish I could do more but I have to work and pay the rent too.
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I'm so outraged by the whole Olympics nonsense that I totally missed the sarcasm :-).
Great point, thanks. We always here the health care system is breaking down but it's almost never put in perspective.
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I will have some sympathy for the athletes should the Games be cancelled, but certainly not more than for the other people suffering from the crisis: restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, cinemas, museums, artists, etc.
Why on earth should they not folllow the same rules as the rest of us? And that's coming from a sports' fan.
Now, it will be interesting to see how the situation with the US Olympic committee evolves in the next days. I find it totally crazy and absurd that the country officially says "Don't go" and the committee says "Whatever, we're going".
How is this position sustainable for the US government, I don't know. I wish some journalists would remind Biden about his statement that the decision about holding the Olympics should be science-based.
What are you saying now, Joe?
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Might be that they have different figures than us for Japan
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“Because of the current situation in Japan even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Japan.”
Cannot be clearer than that. Remember Biden said the decision to hold the Olympics or not should be based on science?
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