As I write this in February of 2018, the winter Olympics have just begun in South Korea.
Do you know where the 2020 Olympics will take place?
That’s correct. In Tokyo!
Hosting the Olympics games in Tokyo is considered by many Japanese people to be a great thing, but there are also many Japanese people who are not pleased about it at all, for various reasons.
One big reason that people are unhappy is because Tokyo is overhauling itself to accomodate the games. An extremely famous fish market (Tsukiji Fish Market) will be moved. It’s been in its location for a long time and most people are not at all happy about its relocation.
Street signs are being changed to make them more understandable for non-Japanese speaking (or reading) foreigners. The traditional sign for Buddhist temple is being changed because Hitler based his swastika off of it (he reversed an ancient Asian symbol) and most foreigners don’t understand this.
There will be Olympic baseball games in Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima won the chance to host these baseball games as part of the revitalization of the area.
The Olympic baseball games are slated to be held at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium, which is southwest of Fukushima City. (I say “slated” because I wouldn’t be surprised if the government changes its mind at the last minute, wanting to keep us Fukushimers happy until the last possible moment and then switching the venue over to, of course, Tokyo.)
There are some articles online that say the Olympic baseball games should not be held in Fukushima. “Anti-nuclear activists denounced the move. They argued that it created a false impression that Fukushima had returned to normal and glossed over the remaining hardships faced by an estimated 120,000 residents who still cannot – and may never – return to their homes.“ This is a snippet from the following article:
Basically, this type of quote says to me: Anti-nuclear activists never, ever, ever, ever, EVER want me and the other people of Fukushima to have the tiny bit of happiness or chance of revitalization. Due to the meltdowns, Fukushima should be a place of misery and gloom and sadness, perpetually.
The baseball stadium is southwest of where I live. It’s not in the exclusion zone. Is the baseball stadium area safe, meaning that radiation levels there are safe? Yes, I believe so. It’s something that can be measured…and not only by the government, but by ANYBODY who has a measuring device like a dosimeter.
It makes me sad when I see that anti-nuclear people seem to want the people of Fukushima to suffer even more than we have already. The more Fukushima suffers, the more it helps their agenda. So they want us to needlessly suffer even when we don’t have to.
Anti-nuclear people and the people of Fukushima really do want the same things. So it’s sad when people who are supposed to be on the side of Fukushima actually are wishing for the unhappiness of the entire prefecture.
Yes, there are people who are displaced by the tragedy, and their homes are in ruins. It’s extremely, extremely sad, and a huge problem. But baseball games in Fukshima Azuma Baseball Stadium won’t affect this situation. If anything, baseball games in Fukushima only help these displaced people, by calling attention to Fukushima, and thus to their plight.
I forgot an important point, tangentially related to the disaster in Fukushima, but more related to the entire disaster along the Tohoku east coast, caused by the tsunami. MANY people in Japan were/are against the Olympic games in Tokyo because they feel that money is needlessly being spent on a huge two-week party in the capital city–when there is still much to be done to help the communities of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima (and other places.) Olympics are expensive to host, and it’s a point of national pride. Should Japan being spending money on them? Some people think yes–the games are fun and they’ll boost morale. Other people think no–they are much too expensive.