The MPC (Media Press Centre) hamburger. Rubbery meat, cold buns, dirty presentation. All for 1,600 yen. Fellow journalists, be the first to eat.
On 20 July, a foreign journalist, believed to be covering the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, posted this in French on Twitter under the title “New Olympic scandal”.
The post was accompanied by a photo of a takeaway container with fries filling half of it and a hamburger whose filling and bun had been torn apart. It’s all for 1,600 yen.
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are due to start on the 23rd.
Tokyo Big Sight, located in Koto-ku, Tokyo, has set up an IBC (International Broadcast Center) and an MPC (Main Press Center) as a media base.
The IBC and MPC have been set up as media bases at the Tokyo Big Sight in Koto-ku, Tokyo, and according to various media outlets, overseas media outlets that have completed their quarantine periods have gathered at the site and are steadily preparing for the Games.
In order to prevent the spread of the new corona, a “bubble system” has been introduced at the Games, whereby Olympic officials avoid contact with the general public. This is why there are strict dietary restrictions.
“Foreign media visiting Japan are restricted to eating and drinking at the Games venues and in the accommodation. If they are unable to eat at their accommodation, they are allowed to buy food at convenience stores as an exception. However, if you do not return within 15 minutes, your press card may be confiscated. There are now calls from the international media for the ’15-minute rule’ to be revoked,” said a sports journalist.
According to the July 19 edition of the Tokyo Shimbun, the MPC’s cafeteria currently offers six types of meals.
It reported that the cheapest meal is beef curry for 1,000 yen and that a bottle of tea (500ml) from the vending machine costs 280 yen, which is more expensive than a typical supermarket or convenience store.
It’s been about eight years since Christel Takigawa, 43, declared “hospitality” to the world at the Olympic bid presentation in September 2001. In the event you have any questions concerning where and how to use the internet, you can contact us at our own web site.
It is the first time in history that the word “hospitality” has been used to describe an Olympic event, and there has been widespread criticism of the management of the Olympic venues.
Where did hospitality disappear to?
What was the point of “Omotenashi”? It’s the kind of bad food that makes you wonder where you can find it. Even the food stalls at festivals don’t serve food this bad.
It’s even worse than I imagined. I wonder where the ample budget went.