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Cancel Tokyo 2020 today – Asia Times

On March 16, 2020, US President Donald Trump said that the coronavirus could stretch into July or August before the situation is under control.

The US may consider “hot spots” in the nation for lockdowns but a full national lockdown isn’t under consideration. Yet. New White House guidelines called for social gatherings above 10 people to be avoided. Batten down the hatches. The US is in deep for at least the next two seasons.

Hello Covid-19 July-August. Goodbye Tokyo Olympics 2020 July 24 to August 9.

We’ve expected bad news, but it just keeps coming: global cruise lines turned into floating petri dishes. Empty aircraft and airports, stocks plummeting to rock bottom. The new normal numbers of border closures, national and state emergencies, job cuts, social chaos, and massive institutional shutdowns are signaling a wartime decisiveness against the global pandemic and its exponential growth. And Japan’s leaders keep whistling past the graveyard.

With the March 14 announcement of the “go ahead” of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the decisiveness of Japan’s leadership is going in the wrong direction. Japan is about to face the full force of Covid-19. And its name is Corona 2020.   

In history, Japan has campaigned to host the Olympics on a dozen occasions but succeeded in hosting only three: 1972 and 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, which were held in October to avoid the heat and humidity.

The 1940 bid was approved but suspended due to war. After its recent unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 Olympics, Japan invested heavily in preparing for the 2020 event. Spending was estimated in excess of $12 billion, including a $1.4 billion timber-built stadium, plus $3 billion-plus revenues in domestic sponsorship alone.

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