What took Japan so long to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

by Isabella Chua

Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is an unprecedented move. What did Japan consider before making the call?

"Tunnelling" all the way from Tokyo, Japan, to Rio, Brazil, Shinzo Abe emerged as Super Mario to announce that Japan will be carrying the torch for the next Summer Olympic Games. Credits: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR.

Japan's economy is at stake
The Olympic Games as the world’s stage

The opening ceremony of Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics, directed by multiple-Oscar nominee Zhang Yimou, featured China's rich and illustrious history and culture. Credits: U.S Army, CC BY 2.0.

Losing the home advantage

Taking off as one of Japan’s most popular sports after the end of the Second World War, baseball remains to this day a beloved participatory and spectator sport in Japan. Credits: Smartneddy, CC BY-SA 3.0.

What happens now?
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Isabella Chua / Writer

Isabella loves to dig beyond what is ‘commonsensical’ or ‘natural’ to us, by looking at the larger forces (or even accidents), that may have structured these beliefs. A writer at Kontinentalist, she's particularly interested in social issues - religion, crime, identity, and food. While she strives to stay curious about the world by listening to podcasts and taking classes, she's happiest when eating pastries, cakes, and drinking tea.

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