Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tokyo 2020: History Repeated?


Since its decision on Sept. 7, 2013 to approve Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has been roundly criticized for its refusal and/or inability to grasp the severity of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The I.O.C.’s detractors are certainly right to express their concerns about how the radioactive contamination in and around Fukushima might affect nearby Tokyo. However, in so doing, they have neglected to describe how else Tokyo’s selection, an inadvertent yet implicit endorsement of Japan’s recent propensity for behaving aggressively, might be disquieting. Read the rest of this entry

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