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2021/05/09

「東京オリンピック」開催の是非。遂に「ワシントン ポスト」が指摘し,記事として報道しました!

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Perspective: Japan should cut its losses and tell the IOC to take its Olympic pillage somewhere else
” 展望:日本は損失を削減し、IOCにオリンピックの略奪品をどこかに持っていくように指示する必要があります。” 以上、見出しです。

「損切り」の判断を先送りし、思考停止のまま、ドンドン出血するばかりで。
走り出すと「立ち止まって考える事」をせず、錦の御旗を振りかざし続けるのは、WWⅡの戦争遂行と変わらない。


引用開始→ 日本に東京五輪中止促す 米有力紙、IOC批判
(産経新聞 2021.5.6 12:05)

 米有力紙ワシントン・ポスト(電子版)は5日のコラムで、日本政府に対し東京五輪を中止するよう促した。国際オリンピック委員会(IOC)のバッハ会長を「ぼったくり男爵」と呼び、新型コロナウイルス禍で開催を強要していると主張。「地方行脚で食料を食い尽くす王族」に例え、「開催国を食い物にする悪癖がある」と非難した。

 コラムは大会開催を前進させている主要因は「金だ」と指摘。IOCは収益を得るための施設建設やイベント開催を義務付け「収益のほとんどを自分たちのものにし、費用は全て開催国に押し付けている」と強調した。その上で、日本政府は五輪中止で「損切り」をすべきだと訴えた。

 五輪に否定的な報道は米国で相次いでおり、ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙は4月、コロナ禍の五輪開催は最悪のタイミングで「一大感染イベント」になる可能性があると指摘。サンフランシスコ・クロニクル紙は5月3日、世界で新型コロナの影響が長期化する中、東京五輪は「開催されるべきではない」との記事を掲載した。(共同)←引用終わり

多くの日本人の根底には、
「損切り」を決断す(でき)る能力が欠落していますから。「メンツ」を尊重し保つ事に重点があります。
「損切り」できるなら、日中戦争は深みに嵌まらず、米国などを相手のWWⅡを回避できたと考えます。


WWⅡの敗戦で、結果的に現在価格で3000兆円ほどの損失を生んでいます。
満州を含む中国での「損切り(約1000兆円)」が決断できていたなら、約3000兆円はセーブ可能だったかと。


今も同じで、対中「損切り」を決意できるか、それが問われているのですが。


メンツに拘るのは、サンクコストについての知見がないからとの指摘もありましたが、
その考えは保持するのでしょうが、このテーマは対象外だと考えるワケです。
実際に催行し実現すれば、対象外の側にも「感動」や「情感」が明確になり反対はナイとの思想です。
それは日本の陸軍が形成し幅広く植え付けました。


Washington Post 2021年5月5日 21時52分 TWへの投稿!


引用開始→ Japan should cut its losses and tell the IOC to take its Olympic pillage somewhere else
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The Washington Post:By Sally Jenkins/Columnist

Somewhere along the line Baron Von Ripper-off and the other gold-plated pretenders at the International Olympic Committee decided to treat Japan as their footstool. But Japan didn’t surrender its sovereignty when it agreed to host the Olympics. If the Tokyo Summer Games have become a threat to the national interest, Japan’s leaders should tell the IOC to go find another duchy to plunder. A cancellation would be hard ? but it would also be a cure.

Von Ripper-off, a.k.a. IOC President Thomas Bach, and his attendants have a bad habit of ruining their hosts, like royals on tour who consume all the wheat sheaves in the province and leave stubble behind. Where, exactly, does the IOC get off imperiously insisting that the Games must go on, when fully 72 percent of the Japanese public is reluctant or unwilling to entertain 15,000 foreign athletes and officials in the midst of a pandemic?

The answer is that the IOC derives its power strictly from the Olympic “host contract.” It’s a highly illuminating document that reveals much about the highhanded organization and how it leaves host nations with crippling debts. Seven pages are devoted to “medical services” the host must provide ? free of charge ? to anyone with an Olympic credential, including rooms at local hospitals expressly reserved for them and only them. Tokyo organizers have estimated they will need to divert about 10,000 medical workers to service the IOC’s demands.

Eight Olympic workers tested positive for the coronavirus during the torch relay last week ? though they were wearing masks. Less than 2 percent of Japan’s population is vaccinated. Small wonder the head of Japan’s medical workers’ union, Susumu Morita, is incensed at the prospect of draining mass medical resources. “I am furious at the insistence on staging the Olympics despite the risk to patients’ and nurses’ health and lives,” he said in a statement.

[Olympic officials are determined to have a Tokyo Games despite Japan’s growing doubts]

Japan’s leaders should cut their losses and cut them now, with 11 weeks left to get out of the remainders of this deal. The Olympics always cost irrational sums ? and they lead to irrational decisions. And it’s an irrational decision to host an international mega-event amid a global pandemic. It’s equally irrational to keep tossing good money after bad.

At this point, money is the chief reason anyone is even considering going forward with a Summer Games. Japan has invested nearly $25 billion in hosting. But how much more will it cost to try to bubble 15,000 visitors, with daily testing and other protocols, and to provide the security and massive logistics and operating costs? And what might a larger disaster cost?

Suppose Japan were to break the contract. What would the IOC do? Sue? If so, in what court of justice? Who would have jurisdiction? What would such a suit do to the IOC’s reputation ? forcing the Games in a stressed and distressed nation during a pandemic?

Japan’s leaders have more leverage than they may realize ? at the very least, they are in position to extract maximal concessions from the IOC for hosting some limited or delayed version of the Games, one more protective of the host.

The predicament in Tokyo is symptomatic of a deeper, longer-lasting illness in the Olympics. The Games have become a to-the-very-brink exercise in pain and exhaustion for everyone involved, and fewer countries are willing to accept these terms. Greed and blowout costs have rendered it an event that courts extreme disaster. In September, a report out of Oxford University’s business school found that the IOC has consistently “misled” countries about the risks and costs of hosting. Example: The IOC pretends that a contingency of about 9.1 percent is adequate to cover unforeseen expenses.

The true average cost overrun on a Summer Games? It’s 213 percent.

The IOC understates these risks for a reason: because fewer and fewer countries want to do business with it after seeing all the pillage.

The IOC intentionally encourages excess. It mandates elaborate facilities and events for the sake of revenue, most of which it keeps for itself while dumping the costs entirely on the host, which must guarantee all the financing. The IOC sets the size and design standards, demands the hosts spend bigger and bigger ? against all better judgment ? while holding close the licensing profits and broadcasts fees. Tokyo’s original budget was $7 billion. It’s now four times that.

[China controls the IOC and Olympic sponsors the way it governs its citizens: Through fear]

In the Oxford paper, “Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up,” authors Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier and Daniel Lunn observe that the Games dwarf every other national building project on earth in terms of cost blowouts ? even mega-dams and tunnel digs. The ever-increasing complexity and expense, and the long window of planning (seven to 11 years) make them a project with high uncertainty that can be affected by everything from inflation to terrorist threat and “the risk of a big, fat black swan flying through it.” The Rio Games, held in 2016 in the midst of brutal economic downturn, were 352 percent over their original budget. And these blowouts are “systematic,” not happenstance.

“Either the IOC is deluded about the real cost-risks when it insists that a 9.1 percent contingency is sufficient, or the Committee deliberately overlooks the uncomfortable facts. In either case, host cities and nations are misled,” they write.

This is why virtually the only government leaders that will have anything to do with the IOC anymore are thugocrats such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, who can coerce labor and spend limitlessly for prestige. Over the past 20 years, other potential hosts have dried up. Among those who have wisely said no to the IOC: Barcelona, Boston, Budapest, Davos, Hamburg, Krakow, Munich, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm and Toronto. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who wrested away key concessions from the IOC for the 2028 Games, has observed that most cities “will never say yes to the Olympics again unless they find the right model.” This is where the barons’ gluttony has led them.

All of this should empower Japan’s leaders to do whatever is best for themselves and their own people. When the Games reasonably could be portrayed as a source of international tourism revenue, perhaps some of the expense could be justified. But now the costs to the Japanese people run much deeper than financial. If ever there was a time and place to remember that the IOC is a fake principality, an oft-corrupt cash receptacle for peddlers with pretensions of grandeur, this is it. The IOC has no real powers, other than those temporarily granted by participant countries, and Japan owes it nothing. A cancellation would be painful ? but cleansing.←引用終わり

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