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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Do you expect the Nagano leg of the Olympic torch relay to go smoothly?


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Yuichi Nemoto
I.T., 22
I don't think anything special will happen because when it comes to world events, or issues like the Tibet crisis etc., Japanese people tend not to be so concerned.

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Saori S.
Cosmetics, 24
Tibet is a domestic issue for China. It's not the job of other countries to be the watchdog on these issues. I don't think security will be necessary — Japanese are pretty peaceful.

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Hadi Ghasemi
Student, 28 (Iranian)
There will be protests, because Japan has such close ties to the U.S., where there were also protests. Personally, I don't think it's necessary to mix the Olympics with politics.

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Anat Parnass
Photographer (Israeli)
I respect the Tibetan people, but I find it difficult to comment on the China-Tibet issue because I am from Israel, and people can level the same criticism against my country.

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Takeshi T.
I.T., 27
I understand that corporate sponsors have dropped out of the Nagano relay, but I don't think it matters to the relay or the Olympics. I don't think there will be trouble in Nagano.

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Matthew Kocourek
ALT, 24 (American)
I fear nothing will happen, but my hope is that something that the Chinese government can't twist to the people of China will happen — something to raise the pressure on Beijing.



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