Impacts on the society
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, or more accurately the 2021 Tokyo Olympics was an unprecedented one. There are impacts in the Japanese economy including both advantages and disadvantages. First of all, if you take a look at the positive impacts, the TV industry can be taken as one example. Owing to the decision of banning spectators, there was a 30% increase in the TV sales industry. Another example can be the construction industry. All of the buildings of the facilities, hotels, refurbishments of them, transportation facilities, and the urban development of commercial facilities were built by the construction industries. The main stadium was particularly praised for its design and structure. Thus, the construction industry is another industry that is being spotlighted. Furthermore, the performances of the athletes have influenced the society which encouraged people to pursue athletics. Yuto Horigome, a Japanese skateboarding gold medalist is one of the athletes who has been gathering the attention of many Japanese. This will presumably promote people to stay active even during the pandemic. Womenomics, which is the idea that gender equality, especially when women are empowered, will promote economic profits became popular through this Olympics as well. This is primarily because of the performance of female athletes. If you take a look at the Japanese medalists, more than half of them are female.
Impacts on the Japanese government
However, the games have left a scar on the approval rate of the Japanese government. Since the initiation of the preparation, there were many issues surrounding the government. The government’s inept response to the pandemic has been foreshadowing this approval rate. Since the start of the 2021 year after the Olympics were postponed, the scandals of the organizers have led them to resign from the Olympic games. In February, Yoshiro Mori, a Japanese politician stepped down from the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, because of his remarks which discriminated against women. In March, Hiroshi Sasaki, the creative director of the Olympics quit due to his comments indicating a plus-size comedian as an “Olympig”. Just before the opening ceremony, Keigo Oyamada, who was responsible for the music in the ceremony, was exposed for bullying his disabled classmates during his childhood. Moreover, Kentaro Kobayashi, a former comedian was caught making jokes of the holocausts in his past performance. As you can tell, this is a total chaos. The Japanese government was decried from all over the world. The government approval rate plummeted from 31% to 28% before and after the Olympics. Above data suggests the fear and skepticism the Japanese citizens have against the government as well as the fact that they are taxpayers dealing with the multibillion-dollar bill.