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  • 1

    Brainiac

    Wow, some bloodthirsty types on this site calling for the death penalty. This was an accident, not premeditated murder. The driver deserves and will get jail time but the crime does not deserve the death penalty.

    Posted in: Driver, playing Pokemon Go, hits and kills pedestrian, injures another

  • 5

    Brainiac

    Predictably, Abe's performance sticks in the craw of the Abe-haters here, but the fact is it was well received at the stadium. I thought it was an amusing part of the ceremony. Abe has always described himself as Japan's No. 1 salesman and in this case, he did a good job.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

  • 11

    Brainiac

    sensei258

    I find it hard to believe that any elderly Japanese would laugh at the USS Arizona Memorial. Perhaps you misunderstood what you saw. I've seen many Japanese there and not one laughed. All had solemn expressions on their face.

    Posted in: Akie Abe visits Pearl Harbor

  • 1

    Brainiac

    It depends on who the producer is. There will have to be a theme and a narrative that blends tradition with high tech. I imagine that from history, there will samurai, geisha, a ninja demonstration, taiko drummers, maybe yabusame (horseback archery); from nature, there will be Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms; then there will have to robots, bullet trains, cosplay, anime, Super Mario, sumo wrestlers, etc. The music and singers will be the big point of contention. Yes, AKB48 will probably be in there somewhere. I hope Seiji Ozawa is still around and able to conduct the orchestra. Anyway, it'll certainly be colorful and exotic to visitors with little knowledge of Japanese culture which is so rich and diversified.

    Posted in: What aspects of Japanese history, culture, lifestyle and tradition would you like to see in the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Strangerland

    As far as I know, you can't watch the Olympics live on YouTube or any streaming service. So why not watch it live on the big screen as it happens? Furthermore, I read today that NHK is working on an 8K format, which is supposed to be 16 times clearer than the current HD images. The incredibly sharp definition must be mind-boggling. I doubt streaming services can compete with that.

    But anyway, as I said before, the media landscape is changing so fast that maybe in 2020, it will be virtual reality broadcasting. We'll put on a helmet and find ourselves in the 100-meter race along with the sprinters.

    Posted in: Olympics broadcasting outlook as clear as Rio's diving pool

  • 2

    Brainiac

    Tokyo will be an interesting situation for U.S. broadcasters who pay billions for the rights. In Rio, the men's 100-meter final was held at 10:30 p.m. local time so it could be shown in prime time on the U.S. East Coast. But in Tokyo, that would mean holding the 100-meter final at around 9 a.m., which would be impossible. It will most likely be held at around 8 p.m. in Tokyo, making it early morning for the U.S. and Europe - not good for ratings.

    But there will be a mammoth ratings audience in Asia, at least. Sports like judo, gymnastics, badminton, diving, swimming, taekwondo, hockey and others will bring in huge audiences.

    Anyway, who knows what broadcasting technology will be around in 2020. Personally, I would never watch the Olympics on social media. I have a 55-inch TV and it was great watching the opening ceremony live and the races on that big screen. YouTube or a smartphone can't match that.

    Posted in: Olympics broadcasting outlook as clear as Rio's diving pool

  • -20

    Brainiac

    I wonder why she felt she had to wear a kimono. I wonder how long it has been since she wore one Maybe 40 years.

    Posted in: Next stop, Tokyo

  • 1

    Brainiac

    High point: The men's 4x100 meters relay final. Low point: Ryan Lochte and the other U.S. swimmers' bad behavior tied with the Egyptian judoka who wouldn't shake hands with his Israeli opponent.

    Posted in: What for you were the high points and low points of the Rio Olympics?

  • 5

    Brainiac

    Tokyo won't have the same problems that Rio has had, such as athletes and visitors being robbed, dirty pool water, empty seats, volunteers not showing up.

    I think there will be no shortage of volunteers, and you don't pay volunteers, Strangerland. That's why they are called volunteers. It's fun. I was in Sydney in 2000 and everyone was enthusiastic. I'd volunteer for Tokyo 2020, if I could. The Tokyo Olympic Committee reckon they'll need more than 50,000 volunteers. It's really a question of getting time off from work for a few weeks.

    I think Tokyo's main problems will be getting the stadium finished on time; they really only have about 3 1/2 years to complete it by the stated target date of May 2020. I think transportation will be an issue. Probably access to Olympic venues should be limited to buses, trains and subways, except for IOC and other VIPs.

    Ticketing could be a problem, depending on how it's done.

    Another possible problem will be the shortage of hotel rooms. Even if Air BnB becomes more popular, I don't see there being enough rooms in the metropolitan region, and that includes Yokohama.

    Posted in: What can Tokyo learn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as it prepares to host the 2020 Games?

  • 8

    Brainiac

    Great effort from Japan's sprinters to take silver ahead of the Americans.

    Posted in: Jamaica wins 4x100 relay giving Bolt 9th gold; Japan takes silver

  • 4

    Brainiac

    From our (spectators) point of view, winning silver or bronze is a huge honor. But I've actually read comments in papers over the years from some Olympic silver and bronze medalists saying that it sucks. Gold is what they worked for during their countless hours, days, weeks and years of training. They have to put on a happy face on the podium, but after that, they probably put the medal in a drawer at home and never look at it again.

    In a way, I can understand that. We all know Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in London in 2012. Does anyone remember the silver and bronze medalists in that race (without googling it)? Every athlete wants to be known as a Olympic gold medalist.

    I read in some Australian papers last week the massive disappointment because the swimmers didn't bring home the expected number of gold medals. Out came all the explanations and what to do about it.

    Personally, I think anyone who competes in the Olympics has achieved a milestone in their chosen sport, even if they finish last.

    Have a good time and enjoy the occasion. That's what I say.

    Well, every athlete can't win gold.

    Posted in: Agony

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I'm only aware of three instances of bad sportsmanship so far, though there have undoubtedly been more. One is the Egyptian judoka who wouldn't shake his Israeli competitor's hand; another was U.S. goalie Hope Solo's outburst after the team lost; and the third was an Irish boxer's tirade against the judges after he lost. Of course, the question of the level of judging is another topic altogether, so the boxer's anger might have been justified.

    Posted in: What do you think of the level of sportsmanship so far at the Rio Olympics?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Can't Hollywood make anything original anymore?

    Posted in: Hollywood classic 'Ben-Hur' gets modern remake

  • 9

    Brainiac

    I think this presidential campaign is one of three factors that are making the U.S. one of the most despised countries in the world (the other two factors being the nation's insane love affair with guns and its worsening race relations in some cities). Of course, I know millions of people still want to emigrate to the U.S. each year and its pop culture rules the world. I've had many enjoyable holidays in the U.S. but have no desire to go there anymore.

    What the world is looking for is stability from U.S. political leaders and rational policies, and all we get is a vicious political campaign. Where are the decent candidates that someone from either side of the political spectrum can admire and respect? I've traveled to eight countries in the last six months and in every one of them, people shake their heads in disbelief at the choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Is that the best the country can do?

    It would also help if the U.S. presidential campaign didn't start about two years before the election with potential candidates saying they might or might not run, and then all those ridiculous primaries. It makes the country's political process unnecessarily drawn out and expensive.

    Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    October is too late for a Summer Olympics. I think Sept 1-15 would have been the best for Tokyo.

    Posted in: Gov't studying ways to prevent heatstroke, cool down streets during 2020 Olympics

  • 3

    Brainiac

    The Brazilian crowds have really behaved quite poorly at the Olympics. I never saw any jeering or booing at the Sydney or London Games and I'm sure there'll be none at the Tokyo Games in 2020. I think Rio will go down as one of the worst Olympics, when you consider the jeering, athletes and visitors getting robbed, dirty pool water, and a few other glitches. Which is a shame because Brazil has such a wonderful culture.

    Posted in: Beaten pole vaulter Lavillenie fumes at jeering Brazilian crowd

  • 2

    Brainiac

    I don't know why some of you are wondering why no one helped him. He probably fell off the platform so quickly that nobody had time to do anything.

    And holyholly, there is nothing wrong with people in this city.

    Posted in: Man with guide dog killed after falling off platform on Ginza subway line

  • 3

    Brainiac

    This is one problem, at least, that athletes won't have to worry about in Tokyo in 2020.

    Posted in: Ryan Lochte, 3 other U.S. swimmers robbed by armed men in Rio

  • -1

    Brainiac

    The timing is a little awkward because Aug 12 is the anniversary of that horrific JAL crash into a Gunma mountain in 1985, which was Japan's worst air crash ever in terms of loss of life. August doesn't really need a national holiday anyway since many companies give employees Aug 15 off for O-bon (mine does). That could have been made an official holiday.

    Now, June is the only month without a national holiday. What can they think of for a June holiday?

    Posted in: Japan will celebrate its newest national holiday, "Yama no Hi" (Mountain Day), on Aug 11. What do you think about the name and timing of this holiday?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It might have been difficult to find more than 1,000 rooms at Narita airport hotels at short notice. And transporting 1,000 passengers into Tokyo looking for rooms wouldn't have been practical either, since the passengers would have been required to be within the vicinity of the airport or easily reachable by the airline for when they could resume departures.

    Posted in: Delta shutdown strands 1,000-plus at Narita airport

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