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Olympic Tone Shifts in Japan as Medals Outshine Concerns

  • Focus on events, host’s haul of gold medals may shift opinions
  • Social media analysis signals change from mood before games
Daiki Hashimoto of Team Japan celebrates winning gold during the Men’s All-Around Final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, on July 28.
Daiki Hashimoto of Team Japan celebrates winning gold during the Men’s All-Around Final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, on July 28.Photographer: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Japanese sentiment toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is seeing a shift as competitions and athletes take center stage and the country equals its gold medal record.

Previously plagued by concerns over the pandemic and a laundry list of scandals, analyses of Twitter posts by local media found that positive remarks about the Olympics have risen significantly since the opening ceremony on Friday, compared with previously largely critical comments beforehand centered on cancellation and Covid-19.