Yes, Tokyo got it. Not like the IOC isn't rotten to the core, or that anything they'd do could surprise me, but it would better have gone to Madrid, for the infrastructure and safety, or Istanbul, for brand outreach. However, maybe they focused on Spain's present economic troubles, and forgot that though most Turks are Muslims, they are not the Arabs they'd prefer to bomb.
I'd like to think it's because the Tokyo bid used my favourite Franco-Japanese, but am sure the fix was long in before she got to speak yesterday.
They could have used even fewer mono-ethnic-Japanese on that stage, to better reflect the country as it is, rather than as many of the twats want it to be, and think it still is. Needless to say, the one hybrid they do choose is even fairer than the monoethnics (as if the Japanese are monoethnic). In any case, even with the Japanese over-dub it sure seemed like her French was fluent*: you'll never see a Japanese person rip through English vowels and consonants, much less French, at the speed she did with the confidence she showed. Hell, they don't even speak Japanese with that confidence. Nothing like a pretty face that can also do her job (and doesn't walk like she's Japanese).
Sure, if any city has the pockets for the atrocity that the Olympics inflicts on public finances this is the city. However, it does nothing to slow the rot at the peripheries of this dying country, and accelerates the gilding of its centre. Surprised hysteria over Fukushima did not kill the bid, but one good quake anywhere close to Tokyo...
There are a few problems:
- most of the new venues are on landfill in a siesmic zone
- at sea-level in a tsunami zone
- Tokyo is in the fallout zone from the Hamamatsu reactors
- Narita Airport still sucks, and Haneda cannot expand
- August in Tokyo!
- this economy may yet choke on its internal debts, as the miracle cannot last forever
*Got to hear her original a little later. I am a poor French speaker but I do not think she is fluent, albeit far better than me.