Japan: Reactions to Tokyo's Olympic Bid (Part One)

What does the Japanese blogosphere and Twitterverse have to say about Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympics? Part One introduces some reactions before the announcements at the bid ceremony on October 2nd.

'tokyo attracts the Olympics in 2016' by Flickr user sekihan

‘tokyo attracts the Olympics in 2016′ by Flickr user sekihan

babylonsden tweeted:


I hope we get the bid! I've never heard anyone who experienced the previous Tokyo Olympics complain about it. They bragged about it for years and now they complain? Unacceptable!

Uosan tweeted:


The Tokyo bid for 2016 Olympics? There are just too many other issues on the table. We can't keep thinking about the Olympics for seven years straight, but if we win on October 2nd, things will naturally heat up. Let's try to garner excitement until that day.

As with many other bloggers, Happy Sachi refers to these statistics: Only 55% of Tokyo residents wanted to see the Olympics come to Tokyo according to an IOC poll held in February. This is 12 points lower than Chicago, 27 points lower than Rio, and 29 points lower than Madrid.






They say the greatest concern is the lack of support. This is a Japanese characteristic, isn't it?

We shy away from things and muddy the water but when the event actually happens, the country comes together and has a blast.

I wonder about the reasoning of the people who opposed the bid. Is it about the money? Such stinginess is disappointing.

There's a ton of value that simply can't be bought with money. Why not just have fun with everyone? That's priceless!

Trans Pacific Radio says no to Tokyo Olympics:

The only thing the Olympics are sure to bring is debt. In short, even if Tokyo really wanted the Olympics (and why anyone with accurate information would want them is confusing), the city could not afford them.


Money is a major consideration, of course, even the main consideration, but it is not the only consideration. Despite the TOCOG’s claims that many or most of the Olympic facilities are already in place, anyone who sees those or who knows what the IOC asks for and invariably gets, knows that this is not the case.

In fact, in its most recent evaluation of the four candidate cities, the Tokyo received a lower score than expected, partially due to the fact that many of the proposed venues were not only not ready to go, but would have to be rebuilt.

The blogger at Minkanjin desu (I am a civilian) changed his mind and now supports the bid:




開催されるオリンピックも環境を意識し、今までのものとは異なっているハズです(前回の北京オリンピックとはすっかり異なっている必要が有ると思います) 日本がこの方向性を世界に示す良い機会が2016年のオリンピックと思っています。

I used to be strongly opposed to hosting the Olympics because it was clear to me that it would be an event that placed importance on “concrete rather than people”. However, I support the bid now because Prime Minister Hatoyama pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% at the U.N. summit.

The bid is for the Olympics in 2016. That's seven years from now. That means that by then, the road to cutting emissions by 25% will have been paved and Japanese lifestyles will strongly reflect our eco-consciousness.

The Olympics will also be conscious of the environment and will be different from previous events. (I think it needs to be completely different from the Beijing Olympics.) The 2016 Olympics will be a good opportunity to show Japan's progress to the world.

Brett Larner has a list of some interesting recent articles looking at Tokyo's bid from various overseas perspectives. Hiroba Dankai took some photos of what the advertising in Tokyo looks like. Flickr user shibuya246 posted photos of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Parade.

Ziggy Okugawa helped with the translations in this article.

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