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    As noted elsewhere, tv would not permit the Olympics to be held in October now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    As noted elsewhere, tv would not permit the Olympics to be held in October now.
    What do you mean by *permit" and which TV network(s) are you talking about? Anybody can lobby but doesn't the IOC make the final call? Also, what's changed since the Sydney Olympics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    What do you mean by *permit" and which TV network(s) are you talking about? Anybody can lobby but doesn't the IOC make the final call? Also, what's changed since the Sydney Olympics?
    The IOC is just like everyone else, concerned with the $$$. If TV says diminished money, the IOC listens.
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    Why the Summer Games are when they are:

    <<The IOC stipulated that bidders for the 2020 Olympics should hold the event between July 15 and Aug 31. Tokyo chose July 24 to Aug 9.>>

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-o...-idUSKBN1KG17H
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    Thanks gh. I guess it all comes down to the golden rule and TV executives wanting to air the Olympics during the only time of year in which there is no football, either of the international or American variety. EU
    Last edited by jazzcyclist; 10-16-2019 at 03:28 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Japan has hosted 2 Olympics since the Korean War ended. Why now and why did South Korea co-host the 2002 World Cup with Japan if this is still such a contentious issue?
    In 1964 and 1972, South Korea was still a rather insignificant country that no one on the global stage really cared about what they had to say. They were also under a military dictatorship, so "domestic politics" was irrelevant. Park Chung-Hee was a graduate of Imperial Japanese Army Academy, and he thought maintaining positive relations with Japan was useful in promoting South Korea's global status. (He allowed the public schools to teach Japanese, which was banned under previous presidents.)

    Kim Dae Jung (president from 1998 to 2003) was probably the least anti-Japanese president in Korean history. His life was saved twice by the Japanese government from his own military government. (First when he was abducted by KCIA in Tokyo, then when he received death sentence after Gwangju uprising.) Japanese pop culture (movie, music, etc) had been virtually banned in South Korea until he changed that.

    Kim Young Sam (president from 1998 to 2003) also had personal connections with many Japanese political leaders, and even took a visiting position with a Japanese university after leaving presidency. Throughout his life, he expressed his gratitude toward one of his high school teachers, who was a Japanese during the colonial rule.

    Park Geun Hye (president from 2013 to 2017, Park Chung-Hee's daughter) signed a "final and irreversible" agreement with Japan on the comfort women issue in 2015, which was very unpopular in South Korea. As a result, criticizing this agreement became a very effective maneuver for her political opponents, including the current president, Moon Jae-in. I don't think Moon is particularly anti-Japanese, but it is politically expedient for him to criticize Japan, because Park was considered "too soft on Japan."

    The anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea is also triggered by their relationship with North Korea, because the current division of Korea is basically a result of Japanese colonial rule. So any time North Korea does something provocative, it has negative consequences for the relationship between South Korea and Japan.

    I hope this post does not violate gh's rule on this board regarding "political" posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Note that the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics they were held in the middle of October.
    Note that if the Olympics had been held this year on the same dates as the 1964 Olympics were held, they would have hit by a typhoon.
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    That would not have been good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhizobium View Post
    If there's another heat wave like this year the events in the stadium in Tokyo are gonna be brutal.
    I wonder if a few runners might now see the marathon as a less daunting prospect than a 10000 in Tokyo?
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