[tz] 2-hour DST during 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sun Aug 5 04:09:33 UTC 2018

Phake Nick wrote:

> - In case if a clock is created specifically for Olympic venues, how could
> tz database record it?

In theory we could have an Asia/Tokyo-2020-Olympics zone but I'd rather not, as 
it doesn't fit into the naming scheme. (Heh, maybe it should be 
Games/Olympic/2020 instead....)

> - In case if only Tokyo (and its surrounding area) get DST?

I suppose we'd create a new zone Asia/Osaka that would eschew DST.

I looked into the English-language coverage and my impression is they're leaning 
towards "no". Although Toshiro Muto, director-general of the organizing 
committee, says that DST is "the only way" to deal with the heat, Prime Minister 
Shinzo Abe said only that DST "may be a solution" and Chief Cabinet Secretary 
Yoshihide Suga (the Number 2 in Japan) said that DST would "have major impacts 
on people’s daily lives". My favorite was Akira Koike, the head of the Japanese 
Communist Party, who said in a Monday news conference that DST will "send Japan 
into turmoil as adjustments would be needed for computer systems and many others".

In the meantime, starting times seem to be mutating a bit. The triathlon start 
has moved from 10:00 to 08:00. In other news, trees are being planted along the 
marathon course for shade, and a layer of solar heat-blocking pavement will be 
put on roadways. I'd never heard of solar heat-blocking pavement until today.

My sources:

Japanese government lukewarm on idea of daylight saving time during 2020 Tokyo 
Games. Japan Times. 2018-07-31. 

Triathlon latest sport to adapt to Tokyo 2020 heat concerns. SportBusiness. 

Ewing L. Canadian athletes prepare for soaring temperatures at Tokyo Summer 
Olympics in 2020. The Globe and Mail. 2018-08-03. 

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