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I like the logo they've got. With the blossoms and the red dot it instantly says Japan. It would stand as a games logo. Are there other cases of a bid that won & you'd rather they didn't change the logo?

it's really cute in a good way, at first looked hawaii but now love it

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It's a pin, yoshi What else could it be?

Nice one, Martijn. It's a keeper and a winner.

Thnx. :)

I've also bought a Madrid 2020 pin. (still doubt about an Istanbul pin, I don't like the logo)

I wonder if it's "radioactive"! :lol:

It glows in the dark. Should I be concerned? :o;)

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IBC: 8K Broadcast Planned For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

3:48 PM PDT 9/14/2013 by Adrian Pennington


8K is a whopping 16 times the resolution of today's HD.

AMSTERDAM -- An 8K broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan is being planned after Sony revealed it was developing production equipment to support 8K, which is ultra sharp and 16 times the resolution of today's HD.

Sony is part of NexTV-F, a $31 million government-backed consortia comprising Japanese electronics manufacturers, public broadcaster NHK and other stakeholders to forward 4K and 8K "Ultra HD TV."

“The Japanese government has accelerated 4K and 8K in order to be ready for the 2020 Olympic Games and we will prepare a team to develop 8K [technology],” said Shoji Nemoto, corporate executive officer, and president of Sony's Professional Services Group.

Friday at the International Broadcasting Convention, FIFA announced that, with Sony, it would record the World Cup Final 2014 in 4K. That follows a 4K test at last summer's FIFA Confederations Cup.

"The move by FIFA is a big first step for Ultra-HD," said Katsunori Yamanouchi, vp of Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "It will help broadcasters understand the product and, when audiences see it – perhaps at public venues – it will begin to generate demand."

"We've been in touch with many broadcasters who have declared an interest in 4K including BSkyB, Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland and they are continuing to test it. ... As always with new technology though, we have a chicken and egg situation where content is needed," Yamanouchi added.

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This was sure to be a theme. The Tokyo games won't so much be part of the 21st century as they'll be a look forward to the 22nd. It could be amazing, I just hope that the games won't feel gimmicky.

Hilarious. There are 100 years in the 21st century. Tokyo is only 20 years into them. You really think these are going to be 22nd century Games? Would even the greatest advancements of the 1920s look remotely cutting edge in 2000? No way.

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Here's another article with more details on the evicted guy. Fascinating stuff. Here is an 80 year old man who is part of living history who links the two Tokyo Games and you can't honour him through the opening ceremonies because of what he represents.

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I hate that they're going ahead and demolishing the 1964 Stadium.

Really a missed opportunity to refurbish the current one. 1984 was magic because of that direct reference to 1932.

Totally agree! Maybe we are not talking about the Coliseum in Rome, but somehow they could refurbish it with a classy and futuristic touch. It would be stupid if other Olympic stadia would be demolished like the ones in Mexico City, Munich, Barcelona or Beijing that they became part of the architectural landmarks of those cities.

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7 Proven Presentation Principles That Tokyo Used To Win The 2020 Olympics

The city of Tokyo may have just delivered the world’s most valuable presentation. The International Olympic Committee recently awarded Tokyo the 2020 Summer Olympics after a 45-minute presentation that wowed the voting members. According to SMBC Nikko Securities, the Olympics might be worth $40 billion to Tokyo and the region. Jubilation filled the streets of Tokyo as people saw the victory in more than financial terms, but for its potential to reinvent Japan for the 21st century.

One news report in Japan said that the 96 voting members of the I.O.C, even those who were skeptical about holding the Olympics in Tokyo, were “won over” by team Tokyo’s final pitch. According to Nick Varley, founder and CEO of Seven46, the London-based consultant who produced the Tokyo event, “A great presentation will always leave your supporters more inclined to vote for you—it reinforces their support—and those on the fence will be positively swayed by what they see.”

I spoke to Varley who told me his biggest challenge was to take the Japanese speakers out of their comfort zone and to present in the “western style.” I’m familiar with the phrase. Some of my books are bestsellers in Japan where people have told me they enjoy presentations that are visual, emotional, passionate, and filled with stories. Some call it ‘American’ style. I remind them the style they are describing is not “western” or “American,” as much as a style that inspires people in any language!

As an expert with 25-years of experience in journalism, communication, and public-speaking, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid is the one of the finest team presentations I’ve ever seen. Here are seven reasons behind its success; seven principles that you can use to turn your own presentations into an Olympic caliber pitch.

1. Build wow moments. Inspiring presentations always have what I call a “holy smokes” or “wow moment”—a surprising, often unexpected, moment that elicits an emotional response from the audience. The IOC was expecting a “traditional” (aka, formal) presentation from Japan. Instead the presentation opened with the bright, smiling face of paralympian Mami Soto who told the story of losing her leg to cancer at 19 years of age. Determined to excel, she attended a university, took up track and field and became an Olympian. “I am here because I was saved by sport,” Soto told the audience.


Paralympian Mami Soto

According to Varley, “a traditional Olympic pitch and Japanese culture would have suggested early speaking roles for senior leaders, such as the governor and prime minister. The audience expected a bit of a formal pitch, top heavy with senior leadership. We were determined to break that stereotype. From the moment Mami came to the podium, it was clear that this was not going to be a traditional presentation.”

2. Show video and photographs. We’re living in a multimedia age where 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Inspiring presentations also contain multimedia elements, including images and video. A traditional, formal, PowerPoint presentation would have had many words on the slides. Instead, all of the slides that accompanied Mami Soto’s first five minutes of the presentation had photographs on them, some showing Soto competing in track and field events with her prosthetic leg.


Paralympian Mami Soto Slides

Videos also played an important role. The Tokyo presentation included four slick videos that combined music, images, and young athletes in moving scenes. Here is afive minute compilation of the clips shown in the presentation. “I’m a strong believer that visual support should be exactly that—visual,” says Varley. “This was quite different than a standard presentation deck in Japan. We advised that with a multi-lingual, multi-national audience, the slides should be visual illustrations of the words.”

3. Obey the 10-minute rule. Researchers have found that our minds begin to wander after ten minutes. I’ve recommended that presentations have ‘soft breaks’ every ten minutes or less to give the mind a rest, to re-engage the audience, and to keep them stimulated. The Tokyo presentation did just that. In a 45-minute presentation, seven speakers took the stage. Along with the four videos, it meant that the audience did not hear from one voice for more than three or four minutes.

4. Tell personal stories.Storytelling is the best way to connect to people on an emotional level. Very few business leaders are storytellers, and traditional PowerPoint presentations in Japanese corporations are no different than PowerPoint presentations in any other business setting, in any other country—stories are rarely told. The Tokyo Olympics presentation was different. Each of the speakers, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, shared a personal anecdote about how sport changed their lives. For Abe it was archery, which he took up in college in 1973, the year after archery returned as an Olympic sport.

You’ll recall Mami Soto who opened the presentation. She told a story about the tsunami of 2011 and its aftermath. She said, “The tsunami hit my hometown. For six days I did not know if my family were still alive. And, when I did find them, my personal happiness was nothing compared to the sadness of the nation. I collected messages from schools and took them home. I also took food supplies. And other athletes did the same. Together, we organized sport activities to help restore confidence. Only then did I see the true power of sport: To create new dreams and smiles. To give hope. To bring people together.”

5. Stick to the rule of three. If you follow my column you probably know I’m astrong proponentof structuring a narrative into three parts. The message sounds better and science shows that we can only hold about three points in short term memory. The rule of three could be found throughout the presentation. For example, bid president Tsunekazu Takeda talked about Tokyo’s three core strengths: delivery, celebration, innovation. “Delivery, because Tokyo can be trusted to be the safe pair of hands and much more. Celebration, because Tokyo will host an incredible city-centre party like never before, and innovation, because Tokyo will offer all its creativity and technology to benefit sport worldwide.” Most of the other speakers also used the rhetorical device in their message. You can read the text of the entire pitch here

6. Demonstrate passionate commitment. The most inspiring communicators deliver their message with passion, enthusiasm, and excitement. Making a strong emotional appeal wasn’t entirely comfortable for all of the speakers, but Varley encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones and to appeal to the I.O.C on a personal, heartfelt level. They were encouraged to tell personal stories, to smile, and to use strong words that echoed their passion for sport and for the city of Tokyo. The result was a presentation that was more direct and emotional than the I.O.C members were expecting. Tokyo’s 2020 bid president Takeda concluded with a direct and passionate appeal to the audience: “Tokyo is the right city at the right time. A city that will deliver. A nation that shares and upholds the Olympic Values. And people who will work tirelessly with you, in support of those precious values.”


Yuki Ota, Olympian

If you watch the presentation, you’ll also see that each speaker makes a powerful gesture during their portion of the pitch, raising a fist to their chest as a gesture of passion. This small, but noticeable, gesture is mirrored in the final video that shows children in different countries training for the Olympics and doing the same gesture.


Video of young athletes

7. Schedule practice time. The best presentations are well rehearsed. Rehearsals for the September presentation began in July with each speaker working on language (the presentation was delivered in English and French), pronunciation, and delivery. All the speakers arrived at the event site early and conducted rehearsals for more than a week in an auditorium set up to mimic the real room. Even Japan’s prime minister rehearsed his portion of the presentation before the final pitch. “Practice is important because the more you practice, the less nervous you’ll be,” Varley says. “You’ll be confident because you’ll know you’re at the top of your game. When the nerves bite just before the show, you’ll find your strength from knowing you’ve done this dozens of times before.”

The morale of an entire country might not rest on your next presentation, but a win could mean a major victory for your company or career. In any language, in any country, rest assured that these seven principles spell success.

Carmine Gallo


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Eh... really? Sounds like self inflation on the part of the London PR firm. I'm skeptical of any Japanese news report stating that the presentation won them over. It is clear 2020 was going to Tokyo.

I think presentations sway a few loose votes together, but overall the voting patterns show people had made their mind up. Tokyo won because it was the obviously the most organised and least controversial of the three bids. It didn't win because some PR guru told them to tell emotive personal stories (which veered close to insincere anyway - my issue with the Tokyo presentation.)

Funnily enough, I think Ana Botella's speech for Madrid was probably the most heartfelt and honest on September 7. Refreshingly candid. The Madrid team should cut her slack.

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Funnily enough, I think Ana Botella's speech for Madrid was probably the most heartfelt and honest on September 7. Refreshingly candid. The Madrid team should cut her slack.

Exactly. I said the same about a week ago in the Madrid 2020 forum in one of the threads over an article about their loss, criticizing her about her poor speech in "broken English". Yet I was able to perfectly understand her & I also found her to be warm & inviting. Totally unlike Rajoy, OTHO, whose over-bearing, drill sargent tone was like nails to a chalk board. The Madrid camp is criticizing the wrong speaker from the delegation. Better yet, they really need to reflect on the real issues, rather than to cast blame on poor Ana, which really wasn't her fault in the least.

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Exactly. I said the same about a week ago in the Madrid 2020 forum in one of the threads over an article about their loss, criticizing her about her poor speech in "broken English". Yet I was able to perfectly understand her & I also found her to be warm & inviting. Totally unlike Rajoy, OTHO, whose over-bearing, drill sargent tone was like nails to a chalk board. The Madrid camp is criticizing the wrong speaker from the delegation. Better yet, they really need to reflect on the real issues, rather than to cast blame on poor Ana, which really wasn't her fault in the least.

Yep. In a nutshell, they lost due to the fact Spain hosted recently and their economic situation isn't suitable. If the economy was more like northern Europe, and if it was Barcelona 1972 and not 1992, Madrid would have romped home 2020 easily.

Botella was near fluent, and it is brave to attempt to use another language in such a warm and descriptive way. It came across well. I also appreciated that she mentioned that the "Olympics are more than Sport, it is about life" and drawing the connection between life and fun. Perhaps Madrid should have highlighted this more- the FUN option. It seems that since London's athlete and legacy focused bid in 2005, bids are shying away from mentioning anything non-essential - the things that make the Olympics so special.

Although now that I think about it, you could say that Rio won 2016 very much on the back of being the most fun and exciting option.

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Funnily enough, I think Ana Botella's speech for Madrid was probably the most heartfelt and honest on September 7. Refreshingly candid. The Madrid team should cut her slack.

Interesting. She's been strongly criticized in Spain because of her speech. Her "relaxing cup of café con leche in Plaza Mayor" is on everybody's lips. Many people say she made them feel embarrased.

I personally found her a bit childish, but the same could be said about part of Tokyo's team. The one that I didn't like at all was Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy. It looked like he was telling off the IOC members!

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Police, yakuza gear up 2020 Olympic battle

KUCHIKOMI SEP. 30, 2013 - 06:24AM JST ( 1 )TOKYO —
You’ve no doubt heard of the 30 Years War, the 100 Years War and perhaps even the Six Day War. According to Spa! (Oct 1), Japan is now on the verge of a “Seven Years War,” to be fought between the nation’s crime syndicates and the police. The “casus belli,” of course, is Tokyo being picked to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
On Sept 9, the first working day after the IOC meeting in which Tokyo was selected as the host venue, the National Police Agency and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department met to establish an Olympics Task Force.
“This speedy reaction shows the police are in high spirits over the Olympics,” says a reporter who covers the police for a nationally circulated newspaper, adding, “They’re eager to clean up dangerous areas of ‘anti-social’ elements, and have already held numerous meetings. Even before the IOC decided on Tokyo, when the delegates visited here, the cops rounded up the homeless people in Yoyogi Park and moved them into apartments, out of sight. That’s how badly they wished Tokyo would win.”
Why? As veteran crime author Atsushi Mizoguchi writes, “Since large numbers of civil servants from the postwar baby boomer generation began retiring, the police have had a hard time placing their people in second careers via the ‘amakudari’ system. Hosting the Olympics is their golden opportunity. In addition to operations directly related to the Olympics, there will be secondary opportunities, like the new law they’re trying to ram through in the Diet to permit opening of casinos. I can foresee confrontation between the police and gangs in areas where their interests have clashed before.”
The juiciest prize is likely to be the rights to constructing some 10 projects, including the athletes’ village, centered around Harumi in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward.
Costs for new building facilities in Chuo Ward alone are estimated to reach 460 billion yen. The large general contractor firms will farm out the majority of work to subcontractors, which will hire construction companies which may have ties with organized crime. Other likely sources of revenues are as job brokers and demolition firms, both of which have long been known to have ties to gangs.
“If the police come out in force, then I suppose there will be less that trickles down to us,” sighs a gang boss based in Kansai. “In a nutshell, the general contractor firms have their own business style. For instance, Company S tends to lean toward the police. Company K deals with both the police and gangs, and Company T tends to work closely with the yakuza. Of these, Company S has a lot of retired police officials in its ranks. Under the banner of compliance they are expected to work even harder at keeping out the ‘antisocials,’ so it’s not going to easy for yakuza to get involved.
“I suppose at the most you’ll see them using the gangs as subcontractors to recruit workers. But the Kodokai (the Nagoya-based, second-largest affiliate of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest designated crime syndicate with an estimated 50,000 members) is likely to snatch up the really good opportunities.”
According to the same source, yakuza are becoming increasingly impoverished and the situation for many is far worse than the average person realizes.
“Several years ago, the junior sub-bosses in the secondary gang affiliates used to easily clear multiples of 100 million in annual income,” says the aforementioned source. “But after the newest wave of anti-gang regulations and other crackdowns, they have become increasingly estranged from society. All it takes is the smallest infraction to get arrested and slapped with fines. They’re hard up for money.”
During the games themselves, the yakuza are also expected to traffic in sex workers from South Korea and China as well as seek other ways to profit from the sex trade, which is likely to boom when and if casinos complexes open.
Spa! predicts that at this stage in the struggle for supremacy, it looks like the police will take the gold medals. If the cops do emerge victorious in the upcoming war, it provides a follow-up article titled “A Survival Guide for Low-income Yakuza.”
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