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55% say they are interested in Beijing Games, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

Nihon Yoron Chosakai conducted a nationwide mail-in survey to probe views on the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. A total of 55% of respondents said that they are either “interested” (17%) or “generally interested” (38%) in the 2022 Winter Games.   Some 65% of pollees said they are either “in favor” or “generally in favor” of Sapporo City’s hosting the….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , PP. 3, 4
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One more time? Sapporo, like Tokyo, wants to host its second Olympics

BY ERIC JOHNSTON, STAFF WRITER   Less than six months after the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which were delayed one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, another Japanese city is accelerating its preparations to bid for another Games.   But while Sapporo says it can produce an affordable, sustainable Winter Games with existing facilities, questions over public….Read more

  • January 4, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

LDP policy chief Takaichi says Japan announced decision on Beijing Olympics “too late”

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Nikkei wrote that LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Takaichi said on an online program on Monday that the GOJ’s announcement of its decision not to send any government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics came “too late.” The papers wrote that although the government did not use the term “diplomatic boycott,” Takaichi said the government should have….Read more

  • December 28, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Japan decides not to send diplomatic representatives to Beijing Olympics

The Friday editions of all national dailies reported on Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno’s announcement on Thursday that the GOJ will not send to the Beijing Winter Olympics Sport Agency Commissioner Murofushi or any other government officials and that President Hashimoto of the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee and JOC President Yamashita will participate instead. While saying that “it is important to….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
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Tokyo Games total cost at 1.45 trillion yen, no extra funds needed

TOKYO – The cost of hosting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics last summer is expected to total 1.45 trillion yen ($12.7 billion), meaning there will be no extra burden on taxpayers as the amount is 191 billion yen less than an earlier budget plan, organizers said Wednesday. The cost savings, presented at an executive board meeting of the games’ organizing….Read more

  • December 22, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 6:51 p.m.
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Opinion: Solidarity was key to the success of Tokyo 2020 games

By Yuriko Koike   Yuriko Koike is Governor of Tokyo.   Even in the midst of this unprecedented adversity with the COVID pandemic still rampant, Tokyo successfully held the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer.   In order to avoid spreading the virus, we took measures such as holding the events without spectators and conducting thorough daily tests….Read more

  • December 23, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:00 a.m.
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Kishida not planning to attend Beijing Olympics

Yomiuri wrote that Prime Minister Kishida said at an Upper House Budget Committee session on Thursday that he has no plans to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. The paper wrote that the GOJ is planning to forgo sending any cabinet members to Beijing in concert with the United States and the UK. In a related story, Nikkei wrote that the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Hayashi comments on “diplomatic boycott” of Beijing Olympics

Sankei wrote that during a meeting on Wednesday with a conservative LDP lawmaker calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Foreign Minister Hayashi said: “We will decide on Japan’s position at an appropriate time while bearing in mind that the Olympic Games are a peaceful event.”

  • December 16, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Editorial: Sapporo needs more than cost-cutting measures to justify Winter Olympic bid

The Sapporo Municipal Government has unveiled an amended proposal for hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Among its features are a pronounced emphasis on using existing facilities, and wide-ranging cost reductions.   The 2020 Tokyo Games held this past summer showed how difficult it is to whip up public support for holding the event.   Sapporo’s government opted to….Read more

  • December 11, 2021
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