STORY – Japan has erected a drastic and unprecedented health “bubble” in Olympic history to ensure the safety of its inhabitants and of its Olympic Games, which begin on Friday.
“Ugandan athlete escaped!»: The news made the Japanese press cabbage on Friday July 16, a week just before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. That evening, weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko had lost company with those around him in an attempt to blend in with Japanese nature. Suddenly converted to a sprint, he intended to apply for refugee status in order, in the end, to start a new life in Japan. A great escape resumed on the fly the same evening by Katsunobu Kato, government spokesman, treated at a press briefing as if it were an earthquake or a typhoon. “We saw it on CCTV footage in Nagoya!», Headlined the press a few hours later. The man was caught after four days to be sent back to his country.
This latest overreaction reflects the extreme excitement with which the Japanese authorities are organizing these Games. Closed borders, subject to a collective discipline (mask, freeze, limitation
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