The Japanese people, who are mostly opposed to holding the Games, do not buy either message. The nuclear cleanup is far from over and the games are taking place in a state of emergency as coronavirus cases peak in six months in Tokyo. These increases have been compounded by daily announcements of positive cases in the Olympic Village, reminding everyone of the enduring power of the virus.
And with spectators excluded from all but a few events, there is little benefit to hotels, restaurants, retailers, and other businesses.
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“I’m sorry about the tourism or the hotels,” said Ikuzo Tamura, 84, who sold commemorative cloth envelopes at the Olympic stadium in 1964. “They don’t have the same opportunity as us. I don’t think so. someone is to be blamed, but in this situation people have no choice but to endure. ”
At this point, perhaps Japan’s best hope is to show off its crisis management skills by hosting the large-scale epidemic-free events.
“Whether you agree with the Japanese government or not, these Games are being played with a very high degree of risk,” said Roy Tomizawa, author of “1964: The Greatest Year in Japanese History”.
“It’s like Simone Biles is attempting a double pike, a move no other woman will do except Simone Biles,” he added. “I don’t know how many countries would have gone ahead with this.”