Makes First Run For the Games
than a million people in Japan want the 2008 Summer Games to come to
Osaka and as many as 7,500 volunteer community groups have been
organized to support the city’s bid.
So when Osaka was among
the five candidate cities selected to compete for the bid, Takafumi
Isomura, Chairman of the Osaka Bid Committee and Mayor of Osaka said
at a press conference “We are very happy to learn that Osaka has
successfully passed the first screening despite the fierce
added “Now, as we turn toward the host city selection, scheduled
for July next year, in order to finalize the Osaka Olympic plan for
a Games that will offer the best possible environment for the
world’s top athletes and a moving experience for the entire world,
we must focus all our energies and continue forth with our
has been preparing to host the 2008 bid Games for quite a while.
The city has already hosted two large-scale international
events, Osaka EXPO in 1970 and the International Garden and Greenery
Exposition in 1990.
for many centuries Osaka’s citizens have played a leading role in
their city planning, including founding their own schools and
constructing panels and bridges.
Which brings us to the Olympic bid.
by its citizens, Osaka is confident of realizing a high-quality
Games, starting with its children.
Osaka’s children are also enthusiastic about hosting the
Olympic Games. Young
people will play leading roles in the 2008 Olympics as athletes and
has been promoting the Olympic movement among children.
Children’s essays and drawings on the theme of the
Olympics, collected since 1996, richly express children’s
expectations for the Olympic Games.
Child ambassadors have been sent to the Atlanta Olympics,
Athens and Lausanne, helping attract much attention to the Olympic
even its Shotengai (shopping streets) are involved.
The “One Shotengai for One Country Campaign” in which
each Shotengai selects a country to cheer on its Olympic quest is
spreading like wildfire throughout Osaka’s shopping streets.
By reaching out to the world through these events, the
Shotengai Associations hope to promote the internationalization and
revitalization of the Shotengai, and to add fuel to the enthusiasm
for Osaka’s Olympic bid.
campaign features specialty goods from the countries represented, as
well as an introduction to their cultures and tourist sights.
is promoting the “Sports Paradise” concept, encouraging citizens
to enjoy sports through life. It
offers them opportunities to share excitement through sports, and
promotes exchange through sport.
In following this concept, Osaka has been constructing and
improving various sports facilities with barrier-free designs, from
those for daily use to large-scale facilities, to meet international
standards. At some
facilities already completed, various international athletic
competitions have been held. All
facilities will be ready for the opening of the Olympic Games.
Olympic Main Venue will be situated on Maishima, an island created
on the sea developed from the green hillsides down along the river
to Osaka Bay.
facilities have already been completed on Maishima and are open for
public use. The Olympic
Stadium and The Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool will be constructed on
the island to serve as a stage for world-class athletic competition.
Olympic Village will be constructed on Yumeshima, another man-made
island only 400 metres from Maishima.
It’s a secure location, surrounded by the sea with a green
wooded landscape, which will enable athletes to relax in comfort.
sport venus are within 20 killometres of the Olympic Village.
Well-connected traffic networks between the Olympic Village
and each sport venue, or between sport venues, will guarantee
pleasant transfers, minimizing pre-competition stress.
plans an environment-friendly Olympics.
The city has experienced serious pollution problems with the
advance of modern industrialization.
But through the cooperative endeavour of its citizens,
companies and the municipal government, Osaka says these problems
were overcome and the city has successfully transformed its
has been promoting city planning on Maishima and Yumeshima to
realize a model community supported by a resource-recycling system
and sustainable development.
full use of its excellent environmental conservation technologies to
ensure the Olympics in harmony with the environment, Osaka will use
new energy, low-pollution vehicles and a circulatory-usage system
for water resources.
for transportation, Osaka says a world class advanced road traffic
system will be available providing precise traffic information and
instructions as to the best route.
the most up-to-date information network will also be fully used to
convey real-time information on the Olympics to every corner of the
world, so that the people of Osaka and of the entire world can share
the exciting Olympian moments.
residents have been asked to finance publicity activities until 2001
when the host city will be selected and each contributor will
receive a memento.
their greatest memento would be hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic