Japanese civil society has crossed the Rubicon

Japanese civil society has crossed the Rubicon

Dear President Thomas Bach,

I am sending you my personal observation.

Japanese media and civil society seem to have crossed the Rubicon as
regards the Olympic Games.

There are increasing press articles foreseeing its cancellation. The latest
outstanding example is the weekly magazine “SHUKAN ASAHI” published this week with the headline “The Tokyo Olympic hopeless !”.

The Asahi Newspaper ,the Mainichi Newspaper and the Tokyo
Newspaper are increasingly publishing pessimistic articles.

According to the latest public opinion poll made by the Kyodo
News, and the NHK,70% and 65% of the public are asking for the cancellation

I have already informed you of the demonstrations in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo
requesting the cancellation that are to take place on 24 and 25 July.

An art gallery in front of the National Stadium in Gaienmae, Shibuya, has
organized an exposition entitled “The End of the Olympic Games”!

I cannot but conclude that Japanese civil society has crossed the Rubicon.

I wish to express my heartfelt support for your endeavor to overcome the
serious Olympic crisis.

With warmest and highest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland

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