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article imageOp-Ed: Tokyo 2020 Zeus vs Amaterasu

By Chikako Uchinami     Jul 7, 2014 in Sports
Tokyo - The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games are an economic boon for Japan, but insiders reveal that nothing good comes without a price.
When Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Games, many in Japan and abroad celebrated. The Games bring with them the promise of construction contracts, increased tourist trade, and national glory. Japan has hosted the Games before, so we all know what to expect.
But every silver lining has its cloud.
The Games are an ancient tradition, reaching back to the Golden Ages of Ancient Greece. A gift from the Olympic Gods to mortal man, the Games celebrate the European military values of physical domination and competition. Sports showcased range from kayaking slaloms to traditional track and field and even marksmanship contests. A few traditional Japanese sports have been included in modern times, but in all the Games and their underlying philosophy are foreign to the Japanese.
Japanese traditional sports are largely co-operative. Even Kemari, the ancient Japanese soccer game, is non-competitive in nature. That's not to say the Japanese aren't competitive; we just traditionally reserve competition for the battlefield. Or the Sumo ring. Modern Olympic promoters tout the Games as a way to engage peacefully in a global venture.
But the Games have never been about peace. They're about domination, pure and simple. Physical, mental, and cultural colonization. The joy of victory, and the agony of defeat.
The Games also bring a boatload of security headaches to Tokyo. Fiction or non-fiction, what domestic or international terrorist can resist a crowd of millions? It costs money to prevent Olympic massacres, and many foreigners are questioning the need for Japan's rigorous preparations for mayhem. But we Japanese always forestall trouble before it starts. So, expenditures rise.
Just getting the stadiums built is a major headache, although the firms awarded the contracts will be rolling in fat city for decades to come. Our old Olympic venues are too "back in the day," you see. We need to bulldoze large parts of Tokyo and pay to build new "modern" venues, like Brazil's multi-billion-dollar World Cup boondoggle.
One of the organizers of the events (who shall remain nameless) recently confided that the separation the Games have caused within his own Japanese family has caused him unbearable heartache. The globalist benefits of the Games simply do not outweigh the localized disruption that they cause.
Do I sound jaded? It's because I am. I am a thoroughly Japanese woman, who prefers visiting any quiet, empty Zen garden to fighting my way through a junk-food munching crowd of globalized Olympic fans. I prefer Kyudo to archery, Sumo to wrestling, and Amaterasu to Zeus. The influx of foreign ideas is just not worth the inflow of foreign capital, if you want Japan to remain Japanese.
But, some people don't want Japan to be Japanese at all.
For them, the Games are quite a bargain.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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