WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
The Tokyo Olympics are the first in modern history to be postponed or cancelled outside of wartime. But they are no going ahead – even if it does have to be in empty stadiums.
But what’s the mood amongst the people of Japan, who had been hoping to show off their country on a global stage with an incredible sporting spectacle? And why do so many locals appear to wish the Games had been cancelled?
Stephen speaks to Dan Orlowitz, sports writer at the Japan Times, about what the host nation really thinks about holding a pandemic Olympics.
MEET THE EXPERT
Dan Orlowitz is a sports writer for the Japan Times, focusing primarily on the J. League, Samurai Blue, and everything there is to print about Japanese soccer. A Philadelphia native, he moved to Japan at the end of 2006 and, as he puts it, fell in love with the beautiful game from behind the FC Tokyo goal.
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