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Sapporo 2030 slashes proposed budget hoping to win back Winter Olympics supporters ahead of public survey


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Organizers of the Sapporo 2030 Winter Olympics bid answered reports from last week suggesting that the proposed Games budget would be slashed to make it a more appealing project.  On Monday Katsuhiro Akimoto, the mayor of the Hokkaido region capital, announced cuts of about a quarter compared to a preliminary budget first unveiled ahead of […]

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I understand why they are doing this. But . . .

The problem with hosting the Olympics is not merely the total expense. It's that the things the money is spent on do not benefit the host city and country very much. Japan spends lots of money on healthcare, high speed trains and education. Yet those things benefit society and (mostly) justify their cost. Would another Olympic games benefit Japanese society to offset the cost? That is the argument they need to make.

After the massive financial losses of the 2020/2021 summer games I cannot believe the Japanese people will gladly line up for more punishment.

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