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Chairman of the IOC Bach Suddenly misunderstood the Japanese as “Chinese citizens” Is the visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki a stepping stone to the Nobel Peace Prize?

It’s an unprecedented rant. Thomas Bach (67), chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), met with Seiko Hashimoto (56), chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on the 13th.

In his greeting, Chairman Bach emphasized that he was aiming for a safe and secure tournament, and mistakenly said that the most important thing was “Chinese people.” Immediately corrected it as “safety of the Japanese people”. After arriving in Japan, Chairman Bach finished the three-day quarantine period, and the visit to Chairman Hashimoto was “beginning of work.”

Behind the misrepresentation of being a “Chinese citizen” is the Beijing Olympics next winter (opening February 4, next year), which has a lot of problems to be held. Beijing will be the first summer and winter host city in the history of the Olympics, and China is preparing for it with national prestige. However, the new coronavirus, which hurt my head at the Tokyo Olympics, rages in winter. The United States is considering declining participation in the Beijing Olympics due to the crackdown in the Xinjiang Uighur district and Hong Kong, and has an international problem that was not the Tokyo Olympics.

On the 16th, Chairman Bach will visit the atomic bombed areas of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why 16th? That is because it is the day when the “Olympic Armistice Resolution Period” adopted by the United Nations begins.

Chairman Bach’s visit to the A-bombed area is a stepping stone to future Nobel Peace Prize award and is nothing but an appeal. Even if you are close to China, there is also the treatment of the IOC president, who says that overseas travel is first class or higher and accommodation is 5 stars. This rant, which is inevitable for politicians to resign, is easily swept from right to left, and the Tokyo Olympics will start in nine days. (Editorial committee member Takeshi Kubo)


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