IOC treats Japan ‘like its colony’: opposition party leader slams leaders
TOKYO – Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii criticized a series of comments by leaders of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejecting the possibility of canceling the Tokyo Games, saying they “treated Japan as a colony of the empire of the IOC “.
The opposition party leader’s anger came following the remark by IOC Vice President John Coates that the Tokyo Olympics would go ahead even though Japan was in a state of coronavirus emergency. Additionally, in an interview with Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun, which hit the stands on May 27, long-serving Canadian IOC member Dick Pound insisted that even though Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wanted the games would be canceled, it would not be a personal opinion, and that the games would proceed.
Speaking at a press conference the same day, Shii said, “These comments are irrelevant and we cannot ignore them. … They indicate that hosting the Olympics takes priority over life. of the Japanese. ” He condemned the IOC, saying, “Who the hell do they think they are? What gives them the power to say such things? These comments could lead to an assault on the sovereignty of Japan.”
(Japanese original by Shu Furukawa, Department of Political Information)