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Apocalypse Edo, 2016

October 3, 2009

After watching Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, and not always holding my tongue at the ancient city of Edo’s quest, the moment of futility in the 18-month, $50 million campaign became apparent after this headline: Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor.

Imagine the PR team behind always quotable Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, as the Japanese bid fell behind in the race according to bookmakers, suggesting he make one last plea to the IOC: With global demise coming, Tokyo deserves a final shot at Olympic hurrah.OLYMPICS/

“It sounds dark, but if we get Godzilla and Gamera behind the bid, say rising from Tokyo Bay and soaring over city hall in team colours, it just might work. ”

“Think global warming and disaster not in Celcius, but in IOC votes.”

The governor, an actor and author before his long political career, could then yoke metropolitan oversight with a touch of B-movie dialogue, intended to show global consciousness but instead underscoring the opposite.

Oh, he did that already.

Congratulations Rio.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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