Anyone who has spent a summer in Tokyo, even an “average” one, would agree it’s not pleasant, and the media run a daily toll of people hospitalized for heatstroke, so I wonder why the government, given the choice of holding the Olympics in August or September or October, decided August was best?

My theory is that politicians, particularly senior ones, chauffeured around in air-conditioned cars, eating at expensive restaurants, etc., have lost touch with reality.

Let’s hope that measures being taken to keep athletes and spectators comfortable work and become a legacy from the Olympics, as climate change probably means that Tokyo summers will not become comfortable in the future.


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