He lost his home to the 2020 Olympic stadium. And it wasn't the first time

One Japanese man has lost his home twice to Olympic stadiums, while another spent nearly $40,000 on tickets that he won't be able to use to break a world record.


The road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was riddled with problems — the COVID-19 pandemic, delays and protests against it.

For Kohei Jinno, the Games mark the second time he lost his hope to an Olympic stadium.

Jinno was among 200 families who received an eviction notice in 2013 after Japan won the 2020 bid to host the Olympics.

His housing complex was demolished five years ago to make room for Tokyo's multi-billion-dollar 68,000-seat complex.

But Jinno also lost his childhood home to Tokyo's 1964 Olympic stadium.

At the time, Jinno his family was happy to cooperate. This time around, Jinno said the evicted families were treated without compassion.

Jinno thought it was too soon for Japan to host the Olympic games again, and that was before the pandemic.

Now, the sports complex he lost his home to will be virtually empty as the Games take place without spectators. The first spectator ban in Olympic history comes as Tokyo is under its fourth COVID-19 state of emergency.

As cases surge and vaccinations slow, a poll shows nearly 8 in 10 Japanese citizens don't want the Games to take place.

Kazunori Takishima, a self-described Olympics superfan, calls it "mass hysteria."

Takishima's hopes of breaking a world record for attendance at the 2020 Olympics were crushed when the spectator ban was announced.

He's been to every Olympics since Torino in 2006 and spent nearly $40,000 on tickets to the Games this year.

"To be honest, all I have now is sadness," he said.