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Tokyo: How do you feel about the capital hosting the 2020 Olympics?

by Mark Buckton

Yui Omori
Student, 16 (Japanese)
It’s good because, as I’m Japanese, I want to see Japan, as the host nation, win a lot of medals, especially in men’s swimming. And, as it is still seven years way, and I will still be young, I am looking forward to seeing it in person here in Tokyo.

Masahide Higashidate
Restaurant chain manager, 34 (Japanese)
I think it is great, partly because it will help the economy, but especially so because we can now properly show our appreciation for the support and help the international community gave us after the earthquake of March 2011. We are getting better!

Madoka Kamiya
Student, 21 (Japanese)
I feel ambivalent about the decision, as I am not sure if it will have a positive or negative impact on the country overall. I am just hoping that from here on, it helps us become a more international country than we currently are.

Paul Purvis
Educator, 35 (American)
Just as long as we are not subjected to a two-hour opening ceremony of AKB48 being rammed down our throats with their “songs” and rock, paper, scissor tournaments, it will be OK. That said, I am not a big Olympics fan anyway, so it doesn’t really interest me.

Niji Seryu
Part-time staff, 23 (Japanese)
It is a good thing as it will help Japan better the current climate, and raise morale all round, I think. I would like to see soccer, because it has been a long-time passion of mine from when I was a kid watching in Italy. Also, men’s gymnastics, as I like Kohei Uchimura.

Bryan Walker
Production quality controller, 40 (English)
Tokyo getting the 2020 Olympics was a great coup for the city. It has the best infrastructure, transport links and expertise in place to cope with the demands of a modern Olympics — coupled with the dire need for good PR for the country in these troubled times.

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