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Japanese article on Yu-Na in Durban and prospect for Tokyo's bid for Summer Olympics
Kim's contribution crucial to Pyeongchang's victory
This is an interesting article. As one who believes the Olympic venue decisions are made primarily by politics and lobbying, I don’t think Yu-Na was the deciding factor in PyeongChang’s win. Nonetheless, I think her achievements over the years, her iconic status and the excellent presentation on the election day definitely helped PyeongChang’s momentum and contributed to the landslide victory. There’s no denying she served as the illustrative example of the bid’s “New Horizons” theme and their key words of opportunities, dreams and new markets. Without her presence, the race would have been much closer.
Also interesting is the mention of Shintaro Ishihara, the incumbent governor of Tokyo. This man has been consistently making insensitive, senseless sh*ts – rightist, offensive, and racially discriminating remarks against the Chinese, the Koreans, and the Zai-Nichi’s (mostly overseas Koreans residing in Japan). He’s also been active in justifying (at times even admiring) the aggressions and the atrocities the Japanese committed during WWII. The article basically says (surprisingly for a Japanese media), as long as the politicians like Ishihara are being elected and in office, they don’t have legitimate cause in making a bid to host the Olympics.