Many people are wondering if the Tokyo Olympics in July this year will be held as planned. It is completely unpredictable whether the outbreak of the new coronavirus will end by then.
As far as I know, the public believes that the Olympics will no longer be held as normal. However, the JOC (Japan Olympic Committee), the mayor of Tokyo, and the Prime Minister of Japan have never stated that they will be postponed or canceled. The organizers continue to say that the Olympics will be held as usual, no doubt. As organizers, they have never even discussed the postponement or cancellation of the Olympics.
People understand the organizer’s idea. To prepare for the Olympics, the organizers and the country of Japan have paid a great deal of money to date. According to the IOC, if the Olympics were cancelled, the money would not be compensated at all. If that happens, Japan will suffer. On the other hand, the IOC and NBC (U.S. television stations that pay the Olympic rights) are said to lose little. That’s because IOC and NBC costs are covered by insurance. Knowing these injustices, Japanese organizers stick to hosting the Olympics.
Japanese people want the organizers to have a realistic mindset. The IOC has already informally talked about the possibility of a delay. In response, Japanese organizers should manage negotiations in an advantageous manner. This is the wish of sensible Japanese people.
But the Japanese people think that old-minded organizers will not be able to negotiate such. Perhaps they will stick to the event just before the last minute and hear from the IOC to postpone or cancel.
Some say, “Japan cannot move without external pressure.” Japan is not a dynamic country. In many cases, they tend to stick to the old way, the one that has been successful so far.
What happens this time? We have no choice but to look for the next few months.