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The iconic Tokyo Tower has been dressed up to reflect both the year-end celebrations and the 2016 bid with a spectacular light display looming high above the city.

The Tokyo Tower will light the Japanese capital for the holiday period from December 2 to 25 while its bid team remains confident about its potential to stage an inspiring Games which will light up the Olympic ideals - but with a responsible and realistic budget.

As bid leader Dr Ichiro Kono told the European Olympics Committees recently: “In these tough economic times we want to ensure a responsible budget and complete financial stability, offering peace of mind to the Olympic Movement. One of our financial philosophies is: why build when you don't need to? We plan to build five iconic permanent sports venues, enhance existing world-class facilities and invest more in essential Games-time operations to improve quality and comfort for the Olympic Family and Paralympic Family."

Tokyo 2016 plans to host the Games at the heart of the city and Kono added: “Placing venues at the heart of city life will ensure long-term sustainable community use. Like the venues from the 1964 Games, the 2016 facilities will be part of people's everyday life - a great legacy for the Olympic Movement.

Heritage and innovation

“Also for the first time in Olympic history, our venue clusters are each themed around a great city's major attractions, blending heritage with cutting-edge innovation."

Mikako Kotani, Olympic medallist swimmer and chair of the Tokyo 2016 Athletes' Commission, is confident about the choice of venue for the proposed Olympic Village.

He said: “We have been extremely receptive to the views of Olympians and Paralympians and believe we have already secured the best central location for the Village. The Village is centrally located, right on Tokyo's water front, and an athlete's average journey time from his or her room to their venue would be just 17 minutes.”

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