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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Taking The Piss Outta Japan

When it comes to soccer, I’m a bit conflicted. I loved playing it and coaching it, but I have a difficult time getting up for watching these World Cup 2018 games in Russia if only because I don’t have a horse in the race, so to speak.

I do follow Japan’s exploits, of course, and am pleased that they are doing well enough to hopefully get through to the second round.

But… what I love more than that, are the stories that surround the soccer matches.

For example, there’s a story in the Japan Times discussing how, during half-time of Japan’s match versus Colombia, the sudden rush of people running to the washrooms to empty their beer-fueled bladder nearly swamped Tokyo’s plumbing system!

Apparently water use jumped by 24 percent in Tokyo during the mid-game break.

Of course, who can blame the fans… who wants to leave the TV to go and take a whizz or a poop and possibly miss a goal, rare as they are in the eyes of the general public. To be fair, this year’s event is seeing quite a few goals being scored.

Then, after Japan took the lead in the second half and ended up winning the game 2-1 against a Colombian squad playing one man short due to a red card expulsion after the game’s three- minute mark… well… when the whistle blew to end the match, Japanese fans in Tokyo apparently ran for the toilets again and caused another spike in water usage - this time by 50 percent.

If they aren’t flushing, at least they are washing their hands.

Luckily for Tokyo, its waterworks/sewage department had supposed such a rush on water supplies might occur and adjusted the water supply available along with the pressure.

And… they followed up the same way for Japan’s second match this past Sunday against Senegal.

Now of course, it would have been a much better story if the water bureau hadn’t been on top of things and things began to flow over… but at least it shows that the bureaucrats in Japan—at least in thus case - have some foresight!

Andrew Joseph
PS: Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash


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