Voices in Japan

Tokyo Olympics: The Good and The Bad

August 04, 2021 Episode 125
Voices in Japan
Tokyo Olympics: The Good and The Bad
Show Notes

The Tokyo Olympics are now in their second week after getting started under a large cloud of multiple controversies, most notable being Japan going ahead with the games despite a worsening local situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, there has been a lot of excitement on the ground, albeit somewhat muted against a backdrop of protests and negative public sentiment. There will be a lot of unique takeaways from Tokyo 2020, and Ben and Burke share their thoughts on what they've been enjoying about the Olympics thus far, the positives that might come from the games, and also Ben's overall disappointment in the government's decision not to cancel the games. Enjoy the show!

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