Nation’s vibration – Japan in 2019 and beyond – Part 4: Mammoth international event in Tokyo in 2020

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Feb 9, 2019 15:12
Continued from Part 3
After losing in the selection bid in 2007 and 2009, the Japan’s capital city finally won the bidding in 2013 and was selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. I would like to talk about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the next two entries.

The excitement will definitely grow more and more across the nation toward the end of 2019 and beyond. However, it does not mean a majority of people support the event.

I tried to search any credible survey on the people’s sentiment for the Tokyo Olympics. I could not find a recent survey but let me introduce this one conducted in May 2017. Among the respondents from age 20 to 69 living across Japan, 53% said they support the Olympics in Tokyo, 23% opposed, and 24% said either of them.

I wish I could find more recent survey. Different results might come out if the survey was conducted now, by which I mean less people would respond in favor of the Olympics in Tokyo. This is only my guess, though. However, I am sure that a majority of people are interested in the event, in one way or another, to some extent.

Personally, I’m not excited about, nor am I interested in the Tokyo Olympics, though I’m living in the very city of Tokyo. I’m not even sure if I will be in Tokyo during the Olympic period. Oh well, regardless of whether you support it or not, the event will take place, and as long as you are in Japan, you can’t escape from the hype and frenzy promoted by the media, a giant advertising company and the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC).

I will write about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics a little bit more. Although I don’t support the Olympics in Tokyo, I will try to take on an objective view.

To be continued in Part 5:
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2019年の日本そしてその先 - パート3 2020年東京で開催される巨大な国際イベント