Even if he was knocked out: Brave Blossom has already achieved something sensational at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. For the first time, he made it to the quarter-finals of a tournament performed by his fans. Ratings went through the roof.
Cheers to a Multicultural Team
Japan, a country still grappling with immigration, is applauding a multicultural team led by a New Zealand coach – and realizing that it was apparently the team mix that led to the success. It is to be expected that this fact will spread to the rest of society, and especially to the right-wing conservative government. Like dealing with tattoos at the Rugby World Cup. In the run-up it was said that the tattoo should be covered up so as not to scare the Japanese – hardly anyone took it seriously – and lo and behold: there was no outcry. This has raised hopes for the Olympics next year.
Tokyo 2020 needs a Plan B
The Rugby World Cup is like a dress rehearsal for Tokyo 2020 and shows where the challenges lie for next year. At least the Paralympics come in the middle of hurricane season. Will the competitions then have to be cancelled – as is the case with rugby? It must be difficult, here you need a plan B.
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And above all: Japan should become more aware of its role as an international host. There are still many things difficult for tourists and journalists because there is no information in English. It became apparent again after a severe storm – but also during public viewing, which Tokyo was moved indoors to at short notice – but it was read only in Japanese.
Celebrate the World as a Host
Overseas fans heard upon his arrival: “Sorry, sorry: full.” While the Japanese were let go – they apparently got a ticket somewhere on the net. Not a particularly appropriate move that caused unnecessary frustration. Through the Olympics, Japan has a chance to attract people from all over the world. It would be a pity if it failed because of something as simple as a lack of language skills, because it also gives the impression: we want you to come, but we’re not really interested in you.
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