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1. Marketing

The Tokyo 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games will be broadcast to a potential primetime audience of 4 billion people, offering unprecedented marketing opportunities for the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

By choosing Tokyo to host the Games in 2016, the movements will benefit from commercial opportunities in some of the world's fastest growing major economies, including China, Vietnam, South Korea and Indonesia.

Such is the commercial potential of the Tokyo 2016 Games that the Bid Committee has already signed up 17 top-tier Japanese partners, all looking to connect with Asia's increasingly affluent consumer base.

2. Safety

Tokyo is, quite simply, the safest metropolis in the world.

The unique and highly influential Japanese social structure emphasises the values of harmony and respect, keeping crime rates lower - MUCH lower - than any of the world's other major cities.

In 2008 in Tokyo, despite a population of more than 12 million, there were only 4 shooting incidents during the whole year and an average of less than 2 robberies a day.

3. Financial Security

Tokyo 2016 enjoys the unequivocal support of both the upper and lower houses of Parliament, across all major parties, and among provincial assemblies.

Recently elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has written to IOC Members telling them that support "remains as strong as ever" and that the Japanese Government is committed to providing "optimal conditions" for athletes.

But what does this support mean in practice?

For one, it means serious financial backing and an ironclad commitment to financing the Games - in the form of a contingency fund worth more than 400 billion yen ($4 billion).

4. Legacy

When Tokyo was selected to host the 1964 Olympic Games, the vote precipitated the historical revitalisation of a country still coming to terms with the destruction caused by the Second World War.

Due to inspiring designs, inner city locations and a sports-loving populace, all of the venues constructed for the Tokyo 1964 Games are still in use today, every day.

By choosing Tokyo as the Host City of the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games, IOC Members will be voting for a 100-year legacy.

Tokyo plans to use five of the venues used in 1964 for events in 2016. But our legacy plans are so much more than bricks and mortar. They're about inspiring a new generation of children to take up sports, play fairly, and understand their obligations to Olympic values.

That's why we've opened the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, worked closely with the Japan Anti-Doping Agency throughout the bid, appointed a dedicated Director of Youth and Sport, and distributed textbooks about the Olympic Movement to schools throughout Japan.

5. Transport

The facts speak for themselves:

* A 2,459 km network of Shinkansen railway lines connects all parts of Japan, with Bullet Trains reaching top speeds of 300 km/h.

* After 45 years of operation, more than 6 billion Bullet Train passengers have safely completed their journeys; there has never been a crash fatality.

* 121 railway lines in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area service 11 million commuters daily, with modern, clean trains departing to the second.

* 30 train operators cooperate with the Toei Metropolitan Bus Authority and dozens of taxi operators to allow passengers to travel anywhere in the city using a single, universal IC Card.

* 96% of Tokyo stations have paving blocks for the visually-impaired, all new buses introduced to the city's network must be non-step or low floor, and all subway stations in Tokyo – plus nine other cities around Japan – will be obliged to secure at least one barrier-free route from outside the station to the platform by 2010.


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Which venus is placed 8 Km far from Olympic Stadium?

According to the Tokyo 2016 web site http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en/plan/venue/

#29 is Asaka Shooting Range - Shooting

Any one have ideas about why the Shooting venue are so often located far away from the rest of the venues?

Although safety is a potential concern, a number of U.S. police academies and police stations have on site shooting ranges that are used safely despite their location in heavily populated areas. Archery venues seem to locate near the other venues and encountering a misfired Olympic Archery arrow would seem about as likely as encountering a misfired Olympic Shooting bullet.

CHItown '16

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Excitement, sex appeal = 0

I honestly think the language barrier has a large part to do with this, and that's something that might affect our perception of them more than it affects the IOC's. I still think they're a dark horse; one that's got some big jumps to make over the final fences, but one that could upset the odds. Madrid's in the knackers yard by the way.

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It was a continuation of the horse racing analogy. It's an English expression used for something which has gone beyond its useful life:

Knackers Yard

A knacker is a person in the trade of rendering animals that are unfit for human consumption, such as horses that can no longer work. This leads to the slang expression "knackered" meaning very tired, or "ready for the knacker’s yard", where old horses are slaughtered and made into dog food and glue. A knacker's yard or knackery is where this takes place, as opposed to a slaughterhouse, where animals are slaughtered for human food.


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It's ironic that I write a post referring to the language barrier between us and the Japanese, and it turns out English speakers on the other side of the pond ask for a translation! Nevermind.

Yes, that is ironic. Though if it makes you feel any better, I don't know horse racing either.

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6. Experienced Host of World's Biggest Events

You name it - Tokyo has successfully hosted it. It is one of the most experienced Host Cities in the world, with Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and FIFA World Club Championship experience, an annual IAAF Gold Label Marathon and a World Athletics Championships to its name.

In total, Japan has staged 141 World Cups and Championships in 35 Olympic sports in the last decade.

And in the past year alone, Tokyo has played host to a wide range of major events including the FIFA World Club Championship, IRB Junior World Rugby Championship, Asian Youth Para Games, Tokyo Marathon 2009, World Volleyball Grand Prix Final and World Karate Championships - to name only a few.

With a reputation for responsible planning, delivery on time and on budget, warm hospitality, spectacular celebrations, delicious food and breathtaking cultural attractions, Tokyo is established as a go-to city for unforgettable events.


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7. Passionate Sports Fans

Japan is known for having some of the most passionate, generous and sporting fans anywhere in the world.

Major sports events such as the Bledisloe Cup, World Athletics Championships and Tokyo Marathon draw vast crowds. 2 million Tokyoites lined the city's pavements to watch last year's Marathon, while the event was entirely managed by 13,000 volunteers.

And while support for Team Japan is always feverish, Japanese fans go out of their way to support other countries when Japan is not involved, such as during the later stages of the FIFA World Cup in 2002. Many visitors from abroad said that the chance to celebrate with their new Japanese friends in the stands and after the game was one of the highlights of their trip in 2002.

Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo will have an electric atmosphere, fiercely passionate - but respectful - crowds, and be remembered as a celebration of cultural difference.

8. Games at the Heart of City Life

Tokyo's venue plan is unprecendented in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games.

97% of venues will be within an 8 km radius of the Athletes' Village - the Olympic Stadium will even be within walking distance.

Some of Tokyo's most iconic public spaces will be reused or developed for authentic inner-city Games, where athletes, officials and visitors will be able to walk around the city to take in all that the Games have to offer.

Once the day's events have finished, athletes will be able to unwind with trips to nearby galleries, shrines, museums, restaurants and baths.

In short, Tokyo's compact, central plan will make for not just unforgettable Games, but also an unforgettable trip for all.


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