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Do you expect the Nagano leg of the Olympic torch relay to go smoothly?

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Yuichi Nemoto
I.T., 22
I don’t think anything special will happen because when it comes to world events, or issues like the Tibet crisis etc., Japanese people tend not to be so concerned.


Saori S.
Cosmetics, 24
Tibet is a domestic issue for China. It’s not the job of other countries to be the watchdog on these issues. I don’t think security will be necessary — Japanese are pretty peaceful.


Hadi Ghasemi
Student, 28 (Iranian)
There will be protests, because Japan has such close ties to the U.S., where there were also protests. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to mix the Olympics with politics.


Anat Parnass
Photographer (Israeli)
I respect the Tibetan people, but I find it difficult to comment on the China-Tibet issue because I am from Israel, and people can level the same criticism against my country.


Takeshi T.
I.T., 27
I understand that corporate sponsors have dropped out of the Nagano relay, but I don’t think it matters to the relay or the Olympics. I don’t think there will be trouble in Nagano.


Matthew Kocourek
ALT, 24 (American)
I fear nothing will happen, but my hope is that something that the Chinese government can’t twist to the people of China will happen — something to raise the pressure on Beijing.