Japan has a hearth to place out.
The Olympic torch relay will solely give Japanese residents one other excuse to say they don’t need the Summer season Video games.
Let’s begin with this truth: the 2021 Olympics are tremendously unpopular in Japan. Since final 12 months, many citizens, activists, and businesses have proven no need for Tokyo to host a global occasion in a worldwide pandemic. And who might blame them? Simply final month, a poll within the Asahi Shimbun confirmed roughly 70 p.c of respondents need the Video games postponed one other 12 months or canceled outright.
As of this week, the island nation has vaccinated about 1.4 percent of its inhabitants and day by day COVID instances and deaths are rising.
Reminder: The opening ceremonies are solely 81 days away. Yikes.
But the torch relay — just like the Video games themselves — will bulldoze via, oblivious to the considerations raised by residents.
The Olympic torch was lit on March 23 and the relay started quickly after. Nevertheless it has lately been rerouted and closed off to the general public due the coronavirus. And this morning, stories of six torch relay staff members testing constructive for the virus surfaced — bringing the full variety of staffers contaminated as much as eight.
All of this, by the way in which, for an occasion that doesn’t appear that vital. I imply, what’s the purpose in having a parade if individuals can’t watch safely?
What a view.
Right here’s one other angle that truly reveals how weird the torch theatre actually is.
What are we doing, people?
I’m not precisely positive why organizers are blocking this off. Perhaps they really don’t need spectators to come back and contract the virus. Perhaps they don’t need activists exhibiting as much as protest the occasion. Or perhaps each. Both approach, shouldn’t these considerations be grounds for Olympic organizers to rethink the torch relay?
In all probability.