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During the week following the announcement in Buenos Aires that Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese media was saturated with news of the capital’s celebratory reaction. NHK, which will broadcast the Games, was particularly enthusiastic, leading every news report with a long Olympic-related item regardless of more pressing stories, such as the situations in Syria or Fukushima.

But mixed in with these upbeat dispatches was low grumbling from people who were never really behind the Olympic push, and as the week ended the grumbling became louder and more coherent to the point that anti-Olympic sentiments were almost as prominent as the self-congratulatory ones. Prior to the International Olympic Committee vote the media formed a united front of positivity to ensure that the Tokyo bid committee’s efforts wouldn’t be undermined by the perception that the city might not be completely behind the Games, since it is believed that is was the lack of local support that doomed Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. But there are a number of prominent media figures who did not and still do not support the Tokyo Games, and now that the hosting job has been secured they are free to express their views.

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