Guys I think the Olympics will be fine
NB: As you may have noticed, I didn't mention public opinion which is pretty solidly behind cancelling the games. It's hard to say this without sounding flippant, which is why I didn't mention it in the article, doesn't really matter
Part of this is good ol' Japanese politics, which usually does its thing regardless of what public opinion wants. But a more relevant part is that the public is usually opposed to the games in most cities in the immediate lead up. Compound that with the pandemic and Mori and...
It's not hard to see why there's public angst. The problem is that cancelling the games now is a REALLY expensive option - and those costs will get passed on to the Japanese taxpayer
And most people in most cities enjoy the Olympic party while it lasts. Then the bill comes (it always does) and then everyone's angry again. They're not wrong, but unfortunately that's a conversation that needed to happen before Tokyo made its pitch
It's pretty obvious by now that the Olympics almost never, ever pay off so if a mistake was made, it was in the initial decision to host. But that's too late now, so the least-bad option is to host the games and take as many precautions as possible to keep them safe.

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Japanese coins, ranked:

#1: 500 yen

Obvious choice. Feels like something pirates would hoard, extremely valuable, always excited to find one in my wallet. Often shiny.
#2: 5 yen

I always try to keep one in my wallet because you never know when you might find a shrine
#3: 100 yen

Practical, always useful. Ideal for vending machines. Frequently shiny.
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