- 2 Jun 2005
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Mori was crying.
Still, the 56-year-old said at a press conference on Thursday that her predecessor is a "special person" and her "mentor" who showed her the way in the world of politics. The seven-time Olympian also said there will be times when she seeks the counsel of Mori, an 83-year-old former prime minister of Japan, who retains heavy influence over the country's sports community.
She's the logical choice, but with her very cosy relationship with Mori, I don't see this as a big progressive leap forward in gender inequality that it's being spun to be.To follow up on the story: after a week of deliberations, the Olympic minister, Seiko Hashimoto, was appointed head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee. Yes, very symbolic and progressive, so I thought, too. To my surprise, my wife was very disappointed. She called Mrs Hashimoto "only muscle and no brain" and too close to Mr Mori, whom the new Olympic head sees as a father-like figure.
According to the article below, she called him her "mentor" but won't give him an official role in the committee.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Seiko Hashimoto, newly installed head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, has decided her disgraced predecessormainichi.jp
It's going to be very interesting how things pan out. Normally the Japanese media obligingly do a massive job in manufacturing excitement for such events, which many Japanese people are lukewarm about, as they were until Feburary last year.Knowing nothing about her my first thought was that it’s progressive but they’re going to leave a woman holding the bag. It’s a no win situation for her because it’s hard to imagine pulling off a successful Olympics at this point.
Think of all the souvenirs that were bought at wholesale. Someone powerful doesn't want to get burnt. Sacrifice Japan , sure why not. Have the Olympics.I guess not even the Japanese media could turn the current public mood into an Olympic euphoria. With vaccinations delayed and new variants of the virus emerging, how can anyone reasonably sane allow 20,000 people from all over the world to descend on Tokyo?
However, assuming the decision to cancel the games has already been taken, what would be the point of not announcing it asap?
Damn it, you're being rational there! Enormous loss of face, the way the Japanese seem to have to be gradually introduced to news which I think I've talked about in other posts (by the time the announcement on the resignation/state of emergency, etc., is made, everyone knows what is going to happen), the tendency for the Japanese to bury 'bad' news until it's unavoidable - certainly in the company I mainly work for, there is a fetish for hiding information that would be both beneficial for me to know and beneficial for them for me to know.However, assuming the decision to cancel the games has already been taken, what would be the point of not announcing it asap?
Sorry but I think the pride of a few thousand athletes is way down the list of things of importance. I imagine that most athletes would agree with me, however disappointed some of them will be not to compete.The Olympics I think should be held. And not for the financial gain of a few, but for the pride of the Olympians.
Hard to say. Many of them have trained their whole lives for this chance. I imagine most would want to compete one way or another.Sorry but I think the pride of a few thousand athletes is way down the list of things of importance. I imagine that most athletes would agree with me, however disappointed some of them will be not to compete.