Not everyone is a big fan of the Summer Olympics as it disrupts their lives at one point or another. This particular man has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the Tokyo residents who will once again be facing eviction, just like during the preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Games.
“Deep inside, I have a kind of grudge against the Olympics,” shared 79-year-old Kohei Jinno. When he learned that Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympics, he felt like he was reliving his 1964 nightmare when he was evicted from both his home and business to make way for new infrastructure that was built for the games then. He was relocated to a new apartment complex in 1966 where he has put up a tobacco shop and now, he will be forced to move again as the renovation of the Kasumigaoka National Stadium will take more space. Over 200 residents, most of them over 70, will be forced to move in three other city-owned apartment complexes. But Jinno is worried that where he will transfer may not allow a business like his, which will in effect rob him of his livelihood. Plus, senior citizens like him may have a difficult time adjusting to a new life and building new friendships.
This is just one of the many problems that Tokyo will be facing as they prepare for the world’s biggest sporting event. Some see the city’s plans for 2020 as a positive step towards moderation as it is unlike the overspending that some of the host cities have done the past games. But some still see it as money wasted that could have gone towards the rehabilitation of areas that are still reeling from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Others like Jinno just see the Olympics as a massive interruption to their lives. “I don’t want to see the Olympics at all,” he admits.
[ via Global News ]