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Welcome to Tokyo

Bienvenue à Tokyo

東京へようこそ

도쿄에 오신 것을 환영합니다

Saúde a Toquio

Καλώς ήλθατε στο Τόκιο

Welkom in Tokyo

Velkommen til Tokyo

Willkommen in Tokio

Laipni lūdzam Tokija

Добро пожаловать в Токио

Bine ati venit la Tokyo

Sveiki atvykę į Tokijas

Merħba għall Tokyo

Chào mừng đến với Tokyo

Добре дошли в Токио

Добро дошли у Токију

Välkommen till Tokyo

Bienvenido a Tokio

Vitajte v Tokiu

Dobrodošli v Tokio

أرحب في طوكيو

i mirëpritur në Tokio

Ласкаво просимо в Токіо

Benvenuti a Tokyo

欢迎光临东京

Benvingut a Tòquio

Dobrodošli u Tokiju

Maligayang pagdating sa Tokyo

ยินดีต้อนรับสู่โตเกียว

Hoşgeldiniz Tokyo

Bem-vindo a Tóquio

Witamy w Tokio

Tervetuloa Tokyo

ברוכים הבאים לטוקיו

स्वागत करने के लिए टोक्यो

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The IOC arrives in Tokyo

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nternational Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chairperson Nawal El Moutawakel, center, from Morocco, waves to wellwishers as she arrives at a Tokyo hotel Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Members of IOC Evaluation Commission arrived in Japan earlier in the day for Tokyo's bid to host 2016 Summer Games. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

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International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chairperson Nawal El Moutawakel, center, from Morocco, is greeted by Japanese IOC member Shunichiro Okano, right, as Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara looks on in Toklyo Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Members of IOC Evaluation Commission arrived in Japan earlier in the day for Tokyo's bid to host 2016 Summer Games. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

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Japan PM Aso addresses IOC's evaluation team

By JIM ARMSTRONG

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister addressed the International Olympic Committee's evaluation team on Thursday, guaranteeing his government's complete support of Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Summer Games.

The IOC's 13-member evaluation team began its four-day inspection of Tokyo's bid Thursday and received a detailed outline of the city's plans from Tokyo 2016 organizers.

"We will abide in full by every guarantee in the candidate file," Prime Minister Taro Aso told the evaluation team members. "We will ensure whatever needs to be done will be done."

The IOC's evaluation team will get a tour of the proposed venues Friday.

Thursday's presentation was followed by a 30-minute question and answer session. Tokyo organizers did not say what the specific questions were, but said they were answered convincingly.

Tokyo organizers say their bid offers the most compact games, with almost all venues located less than five miles from the main stadium.

Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and plans to use many of the facilities from those games if awarded the 2016 Games.

Tokyo says 23 of its proposed 34 venues already exist and that land has been secured for the 11 new facilities.

Five of the new venues would be permanent, including the main Olympic stadium on the city's central waterfront that would hold 100,000 spectators for track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tokyo is also confident of its financial security amid the global economic downturn. The city has an annual budget of about $66 billion and has already secured a $4 billion special budget in cash for the Games.

The IOC will vote on the host city at Copenhagen on Oct. 2. Tokyo is competing against Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

During its visit, the evaluation team will also inspect Tokyo's infrastructure, transport system and hotels, with Aso saying he was convinced they would be impressed.

"Tokyo has an excellent urban structure with the world's best transportation networks and accommodation," Aso said. "It is one of world's most advanced cities in terms of the sports, environment, and public safety."

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Prime Minister Taro Aso, center left, and Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, right, talk before the first meeting with the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission members at a hotel in Tokyo, Thursday, April 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

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Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, right, relaxes with Prime Minister Taro Aso, center, and Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone before the first meeting with IOC Evaluation Commission members at a hotel in Tokyo, Thursday, April 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

Does someone has photo or video about this Evaluation Commission Visit ???? !!!! Difficult to find informations...

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So far it looks like things are going well. I don't expect anything less from Tokyo.

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Pics of the day (venues visit)

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Members of IOC's evaluation commission for the 2016 Olympic venue watch a 'virtual' viewing presentation (AFP)

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Opponents against Tokyo 2016 bid stage a demonstration (AFP)

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Another video from a Chicago News outlet comparing the two visits so far:

http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=57609@wbbm.dayport.com

And the one about venue tour : http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=57640@wbbm.dayport.com

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IOC Evaluation Commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel, front right, and her commission member Gilbert Felli, left, run on the track Friday, April 17, 2009, during an inspection tour to Tokyo's National Stadium, which is expected to be the venue of the soccer matches and the marathon starting point if Tokyo is awarded the 2016 Olympics. (AP photos)

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IOC Evaluation Commission members use a goggle-like head-mounted display devise, which enables users to see virtual reality images, during an inspection tour of the planned construction site of the main stadium for the 2016 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, April 17, 2009 (AP photos)

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A protester stages an anti-Tokyo Olympic Games rally at the planned construction site of the main stadium for the 2016 Olympics as the IOC Evaluation Commission members inspect the area on Friday, April 17, 2009 (AP photos)

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Uniformed cheer squad members and supporters of Tokyo Olympic Games stage a rally at the planned construction site of the main stadium for the 2016 Olympics as the IOC Evaluation Commission members inspect the area on Friday, April 17, 2009 (AP photos)

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IOC Evaluation Commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel, juggles the ball in front of Japanese young soccer players Friday, April 17, 2009, during an inspection tour to Tokyo's National Stadium, which is expected to be the venue of the soccer matches and the marathon starting point if Tokyo is awarded the 2016 Olympics (AP Photos)

Pics of the day (venues visit)

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Members of IOC's evaluation commission for the 2016 Olympic venue watch a 'virtual' viewing presentation (AFP)

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Opponents against Tokyo 2016 bid stage a demonstration (AFP)

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IOC delegation impressed with Tokyo's compact Olympic bid

TOKYO, April 19 (Xinhua) -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors wrapped up on Sunday their evaluation of Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympics, saying they are "impressed by the compact concept" of hosting the Games.

"We are very impressed by the compact concept with the vision of hosting the Olympics within an 8-km radius," Nawal El Moutawakel, chairwoman of the IOC evaluation commission, told a press conference.

However, El Moutawakel refused to compare Tokyo with Chicago which they visited earlier, as well as other candidate cities.

Tokyo's promise of solid financial support, high environment awareness, and government commitment also left strong impression on the delegates, El Moutawakel said.

The IOC officials kicked off their evaluation of the Japanese capital on April 16, when Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, who himself was an Olympian competing in the 1976 Montreal Games, delivered a presentation on Tokyo's bid.

During the four-day visit, the delegation were briefed on infrastructure, accommodation, transportation and many other aspects of Tokyo's bid plan.

The IOC delegates on Friday inspected three sites proposed for Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where they were greeted by a small group of protesters chanting "Tokyo doesn't need Olympics", which once again raised questions about public support rate.

Gilbert Felli, IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director, said the evaluation team could not disclose the support rate of Tokyo conducted by the IOC for the time being.

"You will know the result by September in the finalized report," he said.

But Tokyo's governor Shintaro Ishihara hinted IOC official survey's result might not be very satisfactory.

"Their poll was done quite a long time ago," Ishihara said. "A survey by the world's largest newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun a month ago showed the support rate was 74 percent, which greatly encouraged us,"

"Going forward the number will certainly grow," he added.

Financial support is one of Tokyo's strongholds. Despite the economic slump, Tokyo has 400 billion yen (4 billion U.S. dollars) already in the bank, enough to cover building costs for the venues, infrastructure and sports facilities, according to the government.

Japan also hopes to stage a sustainable and green Games. It said 23 of its proposed 34 venues already exist, many of which are inherited from the 1964 Summer Games, while the land for the rest 11 venues has been secured by the Tokyo municipal government. Solar energy will also be widely used to provide a "carbon-minus Olympics."

Tokyo, competing against Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, is the second stop on the Evaluation Commission's schedule after Chicago. The IOC will vote on the host city at Copenhagen on Oct. 2.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/...nt_11215248.htm

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Did the IOC talk to protesters? They did in Chicago, so they should have in Tokyo.

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IOC Evaluation Commission Chairwoman Nawal El Moutawakel attends a news conference at a Tokyo hotel Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

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IOC Evaluation Commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel speaks during a news conference at a Tokyo hotel in Japan, Sunday, April 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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The Olympic cauldron from the 1964 Games is lit for the second time during the IOC Evaluation Commission's Tokyo stay at a football match Saturday at Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

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FC Tokyo fans show their support for the Tokyo 2016 bid as they sing You'll Never Walk Alone, a football anthem more commonly associated with English Premiership club Liverpool.

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FC Tokyo fans show their support for the Tokyo 2016 bid as they sing You'll Never Walk Alone, a football anthem more commonly associated with English Premiership club Liverpool.

That is bizarre. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE is from a Broadway show, CAROUSEL. So Liverpool adopted it; and then the Japanese fan use it for their Tokyo bid. Wow! That's surreal...but a testament to the enduring qualities of Richard Rodgers' music.

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Did the IOC talk to protesters? They did in Chicago, so they should have in Tokyo.

I'll answer my own question... I came to find that they talked to two protest groups while in Tokyo as well.

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