STORY – Limited in their movements, prohibited from stadium, the Japanese will be absent from their own games.
“These games are cursed”: Taro Aso, unwavering Minister of Finance, has a knack for cheering up his fellow citizens with cookie-cutter formulas. “This is the curse of the forty years. 1940 was war and the Tokyo Games were canceled. 1980 was Moscow and the Americans did not come. And now there is 2020… ”
This time it hit the nail on the head, as the insults rained on the Japanese edition which begins this Friday. To the point of cooling the hosts, who are still approaching these Olympic Games, basically, for what they are: a series of events.
In 2013, when the then Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, won the organization of the Games, the country was seized with cautious enthusiasm. He is just recovering from the appalling triple disaster of Fukushima (a typhoon, an earthquake and a nuclear accident). “Tokyo 2020” gives him a horizon line, up to which he can heal his wounds and offer the world the spectacle of an ultramodern nation. Flying taxis, hydrogen shuttles,
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