I spent some time trawling and translating Tweets from Japan to see if I could find anyone who was pro the Tokyo Olympics. I didn’t find any. Here we read through the tweets in Japanese and English to see what people are talking about.
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Should Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?
When I filtered through trending tweets about the Olympics in Japan, looking at only posts with 100+ likes I could find almost nothing that was actually expressing a positive opinion about the olympics. This may just be the bias of the sample, eg. Twitter, where negative voices often speak louder, but it was interesting to take a look at the conversation none the less.
"And "giving courage to the people through sport" is just a bad joke. Tell an infected person, "we've traded off your health for Olympic courage" and you'd better get ready for a punch in the face."— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
"There is no proof that they have been vaccinated or tested. Even if they hold a certificate, it's naive to take this on face value. There are many countries in the world that do all kinds of things."— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
#Olympics After Liberal Democratic lawmakers declaring the Olympics ``impossible", that scumbag says ``It's not me, it’s the IOC that decides". It's buck passing, Suga is just scared to take responsibility. Milk-toast, making the call to cancel is one of the jobs of a leader. https://t.co/XkNyKxVUsz— Japanese Social Media Translations 日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) April 30, 2021
"Adjusting work schedules with a, "Um, this day was a holiday, wasn' it?", "This day was treated as a weekday, wasn't it?" I clutch my notebook and do the back and forth with my employer. Things proceeding on the premise that the event is going ahead is also stressful. "— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
"We have not accepted an Olympics that endangers the lives of the people."— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
Qualities Japanese women want from an ideal man “men who work hard, are devoted, tell you to buy what you want, celebrate and communicate about anniversaries, express sincere compassion, have your back when the chips are down, don’t cheat, wait for you in hell after they die.”— Japanese Social Media Translations 日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) May 6, 2021
"From there they yelled "See? The fact that you're gathered like that proves that it's ok to go ahead with the Olympics " "We don't need a 50% capacity limit". They want Japan to be "a country that waives all responsibility". "— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
"Cancel The Olympics demonstrations. Keep it up till the Olympics are done and dusted."— Peter Japanese Social Media Translations日本のSNS英訳 (@japanoscope) June 24, 2021
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