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If the Spanish NOC hadn't allowed Barcelona to bid for 1992, Madrid would probably have won a SOG by now. Samaranch Sr. should not have been allowed such a grip on the Spanish NOC as well.

I agree. We would have probably then had Paris 1992, and a Spanish Games may have happened in 2000 or 2004 instead. Samaranch could have swayed votes away from Athens or Sydney as a departure "gift".

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Japan glasses can translate foreign menus, may be ready for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

AFP SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 11:22PM
AUGMENTED reality glasses that can translate a menu in real time were unveiled at a Japanese gadget fair on Monday, with promises they could be ready for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
NTT Docomo was showing off its latest development where cameras, computers and know-how combine to give the wearer a whole different view of what they are looking at.
One function of the gizmo overlays the wearer's first language onto unfamiliar text, making signs and menus instantly understandable - a boon to travellers in Japan, where foreign-language menus are not commonly found off the tourist trail.
"Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents," Docomo said in a statement, as it showcased the gadget at CEATEC Japan.
Another application turns any flat surface into a touchscreen, with a finger ring relaying positioning information to the device that lets wearers "touch" tags that only they can see, perhaps to perform an internet search.
Other uses include facial recognition that is intended to look up someone's identity - and job title - from a smartphone's directory.
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Govt establishes office to support 2020 Games
October 5, 2013

Jiji Press

The government on Friday set up an office to help ensure the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

“We will fully prepare for the events,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, noting that only seven years are left before the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The office is headed by Waseda University Prof. Takeo Hirata, a sports business expert and special adviser to the Cabinet. It is supervised by education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura, who is also in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The office will work with central government agencies concerned and the Tokyo metropolitan government to facilitate the construction and improvement of stadiums, as well as transport and other infrastructure.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hakubun Shimomura put up a sign of the Headquarters for Promotion of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Cabinet Office on Friday.


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JOC President Takeda Says Tokyo Has 'Huge' Amount Of Prep Work For Games

Japanese Olympic Committee PresidentTSUNEKAZU TAKEDA barely had time to celebrate Tokyo winning the rights to host the 2020 Summer Olympics before having to dive into the massive task of getting the city ready for its global close-up. Recently, Takeda took time to talk with SBD Global about the bidding process and the challenges ahead.

Q: Shortly after the IOC's decisions to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, media reports called Tokyo's bid the safest choice for the IOC. How did you feel about those reports? And do you agree with this assessment?

Tsunekazu Takeda: Throughout the campaign Tokyo’s bid was often reported as a safe choice. As I’ve said many times before -- Tokyo is a safe pair of hands for the Olympic Movement and this is something to be proud of. The city of Tokyo runs like clockwork, has exceptional experience in hosting major international sport events and is a fantastic stage for the world’s greatest celebration, the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Q: Going forward with less than seven years until the opening ceremony, what are the most important issues you want to tackle right away?

Takeda: A huge amount of work is ahead of us and we want to be ahead of time. Our promise to the IOC is to deliver fantastic Games in 2020. Delivering early will allow us to focus on the ‘extras’ that will make the difference between good and fantastic Games.

Q: Do you already have a sponsorship strategy? Or are you already in talks with potential sponsors?

Takeda: Tokyo 2020’s potential for domestic sponsorship is unmatched. The Tokyo 2020 bid was supported by 21 official partners; many of them major international companies. And you may know that Japanese companies have long had strong enthusiasm toward domestic and international sports events. We estimate that domestic sponsorship eventually could exceed $930 million. The Japanese Olympic Committee currently boasts 29 sponsors in its Gold Partner and Official Partner programs. Our marketing program, including the sponsorship strategy detailed in the Candidature File, was praised by the IOC Evaluation Commission and we are confident that in Tokyo 2020, there will be benefits for all the Games’ stakeholders.

Q: Security has become a major concern. How will you try to ensure the Games will be safe for both spectators and athletes?

Takeda: Tokyo is a safe and secure place. Of course there will be very strict and large safety plans and we will make full use of the world’s largest police force and of its effective and well-coordinated security capabilities. Our Organising Committee will have a Security Department with representatives from all relevant public organizations involved in Olympic security. It will work closely with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to facilitate the development of an integrated Olympic Security Plan. However, residents and visitors share a common perception of Tokyo: they find that it offers a safe and secure environment. Domestic safety and security is a testament to values the country shares with the Olympic Movement and with the people of Japan, for whom excellence, friendship and respect are a way of life.

Q: In your Olympic bid, you presented renderings for a new stadium at the site of the old Olympic Stadium as well as a revitalization of the waterfront. How far along are those plans and are you already working with architects and construction companies on concrete plans?

Takeda: Our compact venue plan presents two zones: the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone. Indeed, the majority of the new permanent venues and the Olympic Village will be within the revitalized Tokyo Bay area. For planning and celebration reasons, we wanted the Olympic Stadium in the west of Tokyo, but still very close to the Olympic Village. Regarding the Olympic Stadium, London-based architect Zaha Hadid’s design was selected last year in an international contest and a construction company will be chosen later.

Q: With so many people, Tokyo is obviously very susceptible to traffic congestions. Are there any plans regarding this issue, such as the creation of "Olympic Lanes" used in London last summer?

Takeda: We are experienced at managing major events and we have a world-class transport system. The Evaluation Commission recognized the excellence and scale of our world-leading public transport system. The train network alone manages about 26 million passenger trips a day, on average. Traffic is always lighter in August when people are on holiday and we would improve flows by a further 10% using special management measures, park and ride schemes, and the building of more ring roads (planned irrespective of the Games). To further reinforce transport services during the Games, Tokyo 2020 will lay out an appropriate set of Olympic Lanes and Olympic Priority Routes -- totalling approximately 607km -- connecting competition venues non-competition venues, and training venues, guaranteeing full reliability for Olympic traffic.

Q: As with every big sporting event, hotel prices are expect to rise considerably during the Games. However, Tokyo isn't a cheap city to start with, so will it try to work together with the government to make sure hotel prices stay at reasonable rates?

Takeda: Tokyo’s accommodation plan is exceptionally strong, with approximately 140,000 existing hotel rooms within a 50km radius of Tokyo. Tokyo has a wide variety of room types and categories, which will meet the individual requirements of all guests of the Games. It is important to note that within each hotel category, Tokyo 2020 offers a wide range of room rates and all the hotels selected in the Tokyo 2020 accommodation plan have produced guarantees with maximum 2020 room rates. Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to collaborate with hotel industry groups and travel agents to form a liaison council to ensure this wide range of reasonably priced accommodation options is available to meet the individual needs of visitors.

Q: According to your bid, you expect the Tokyo Games to cost between $5 billion and $6 billion. How confident are you about those estimates?

Takeda: Tokyo’s OCOG budget will be $3.4 billion and the non-OCOG budget will be divided into public spending for $3.5 billion and $1.4 billion for the private sector. These amounts are forecasted for 2012 with a currency of 88 JPY for one dollar. This is a very reasonable budget and we are very confident the TOCOG budget will be balanced and strictly monitored on a monthly basis. And we have a $4.5 billion Games Hosting Fund available. This is actually more substantial than our projected capital investment. Our budget has been meticulously planned; our plans have been implemented in an economically responsible manner, and Tokyo is a fully developed city that doesn’t require major new infrastructure development. There is no reason Tokyo would run over costs.


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Hosts Japan aiming high at Tokyo 2020

Japan wants its athletes to double their best-ever medal haul at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but experts warn the debt-laden nation will need to spend big if it is to seize the homefield advantage.

Hosting the Games traditionally brings a bump in the medals table -- Britain bagged 29 golds in London last year against 19 in 2008 in Beijing, while Japan's best figure of 16 gold medals came in 1964 at the first Tokyo Olympics.

Japan's education ministry, which is charged with overseeing sport, wants its 2020 team to get 70-80 medals, of which 25-30 should be golds.

That would put the country between third and fifth in the medals table -- based on results from recent Games -- a position sought by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) under its medium-term plan and seen as an appropriate placing for the world's number-three economy.

"It will be very difficult," sports sociologist Toshio Saeki said, adding China and South Korea will also ramp up their efforts to remain Asia's number-one and number-two sporting powers ahead of Japan.

"But setting a high goal like this could help as it will urge people to work hard," said Saeki, a professor at the Japan Sports Wellness University.

But, say experts, already heavily indebted Japan needs to invest a lot of money in developing Olympic wannabes if it is to get anywhere near its goal in seven years' time.

"Japan will put its efforts into athlete training, although I cannot tell if it will be in a sufficient way," said Tsukuba University assistant professor Yoshio Takahashi, a sports management expert.

"Japan is a country whose sports-related budget has been limited by world standards."

The country already has a debt-to-GDP ratio of more than 200 percent, and tax revenues are shrinking as its society ages and fewer young workers contribute to state coffers.

But sports experts say proper investment is key if Japan is to realise its dreams, pointing to the dividends it has paid for previous Olympic hosts.

At London 2012, Britain's 29 golds propelled it to third in the table, a robust recovery from the 1996 Atlanta Games where it picked up just one.

Britain spent 264 million pounds (worth $425 million at the current value) over four years to train Olympic athletes, with much of the money coming from a national lottery.

For Vancouver 2010, Canada spent 117 million Canadian dollars (now $113 million) on Winter Olympic training and lifted a table-topping 14 gold medals.

Tokyo's education ministry has asked for its biggest ever settlement, requesting 49 billion yen ($500 million) in its sports-related budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

But nearly half of the sum would be used in the first phase of a project to build a new 80,000-seat National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2020 Games.

So far, there is no extra money being planned for sport, although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has offered assurances that it will be forthcoming, despite the crimp on budgets brought about by the shrinking workforce and ballooning cost of social care.

In August, the government pledged to cut a whopping $82 billion out of its budget over two years as it works to bring down the industrialised world's biggest debt mountain.

Training expenditure has been and will be focused on sports in which Japan usually wins medals, such as swimming, women's football, men's gymnastics, wrestling and judo.

Some extra cash has come from a public body established in 2003 to promote sport and to run a football results lottery.

Part of the plan is the creation of an "agency of sport" that can help guide investment towards developing elite athletes, now focused on promising youngsters aged between 16 and 20 who could be expected to reach their competitive peak for the Tokyo Games.

"We are seeking to step up in areas where we narrowly missed gold," said JOC athlete development official Naoya Yanagiya, after what many saw as a disappointing haul in London, where despite a record 38 podium finishes, just seven were gold.

The planned launch of the agency for coordinating sports-related government policies and actions will "make it easy for us to secure a budget for athlete development and help improve our competitive skills", said Seiko Hashimoto, a senator and JOC senior executive in charge of athlete development.

But the seven-time Olympian, who took part in both Winter and Summer Games, taking home the 1,500-metre speedskate bronze in 1992 and producing modest results in cycling, admitted it was a big ask.

She said when it sank in that Tokyo's bid had been successful she had a "choking feeling under the weight of responsibility".

But "if we take advantage of competing at home, it won't be a dream for us to get the biggest-ever number of medals".



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Could they? Would they? Innsbruck did it! (albeit under different circumstances, but still)

It IS one of the most iconic Olympic logos of all time. Could we see it rehashed for 2020? Just a thought.

I like 1964's logo very much.This is majestic. I don't think TOKYO will use the red circle again for next logo.Sapporo '72 WG already used the red circle agin so it will be repetitive. I'll say "no" if the logo would be like '98 Nagano's with no impact.

You can see 1940's TOKYO logo;


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Is it flexible enough to work across the hundreds of applications a modern Games needs its logo for? I'm not sure. It has to be in those colours to work at all, has to be on a plain white background etc. It's a design of its time and bringing it back might damage it rather than enhance it.

I'm sure there'll be a load of retro-merchanise on sale at Tokyo 2020 with this logo prionted on, just as there was for the old London 1948 stuff during 2012.

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The governor of Tokyo,Naoki Inose might resign in a few days.He's in scandal :angry: ;

Now it's your turn Mac Akasaka,the craziest candidate as ever;

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Si28CXB_Muo alien version

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=oH6zHNV8vOg superman version

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=TFfUgC_Q7Vg Buddhism monk version

His political views in the past(English subtitle);


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Olympic bidders named ‘Best Team of the Year’

DTMANAGE.000000020131122135254633-1.jpg? From right: Christel Takigawa, Masato Mizuno and Mami Sato of the bid team for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, which was awarded the top prize in the Best Team of the Year awards, pose for a photo in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday.

November 23, 2013

The bid team for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games was given the top prize in the “Best Team of the Year” awards for its efforts, which succeeded in winning the right to hold the Games in Tokyo.

The awards ceremony took place in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday. Launched in 2008, the award is given to the team that demonstrated the best teamwork.

Previous top winners include the developers of the free call application Line, and the project team of the unmanned asteroid probe Hayabusa. The event’s executive committee is chaired by Prof. Takashi Saito of Meiji University.

Vice President Masato Mizuno of the Tokyo bid committee, freelance announcer Christel Takigawa and Paralympian Mami Sato, who made the final bid speeches at the International Olympic Committee’s general assembly in September, attended the ceremony.

“Our success is greatly due to the efforts of the backstage staff who worked through many nights without sleep,” Mizuno said. Takigawa said, “On the team we were able to speak our minds, which created an atmosphere of good chemistry between us.”



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Olympic bidders named ‘Best Team of the Year’

They really deserve the prize. Meanwhile Inose is seriously in trouble.

@ gotosy,I appreciate you that you frequently post the very fresh news that I want to know. You are always perfect! So I hereby give you the prize "Best journalist of GB forum of the year". ;)

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Could they? Would they? Innsbruck did it! (albeit under different circumstances, but still)


It IS one of the most iconic Olympic logos of all time. Could we see it rehashed for 2020? Just a thought.

I think they could not. What's current IOC policy regarding reusing logos?

Tokyo 1964 logo was stunning. It's understandable that I'm such a sucker for those plain-1980's-red ones like Moscow, Sarajevo and Calgary.

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Yes. Gotosy is great.

Yes,he's really great.He does everything with scrupulous care.

どうも :P

Wow,you can write Japanese! すごいです。 ;) I bet your name "gotosy” comes from "shigoto"(しごと=

仕事),,,shigotoshigotoshigotoshi,,,,sygotosygoto,,,gotosy. B)

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You still have TV closedown? Wow, British channels went 24 hour years ago (although our main BBC 1 just screens rolling news through the night)

I checked tv programme list and all the channels are 24 hours in sevice except for NHK education.There are 7 major channels(terrestrial digital broadcasting)in Japan.And on 7th of September,5 of them broadcasted the special programmes on Tokyo 2020.

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When do you get that test card colours thing then? We only get something like that when there's a cock-up :P

"NHk education"which is channel 3(not NHK=channel 1) closes down in the midnight.So I think I see the colours screen on that channel or I must have been mistaken :P . Anyway I'm sure I've ever seen this colours screen many times in my life.

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Oh, OK. This doesn't have much to do with Tokyo 2020 bid news though (could the mod change that? It stopped being a bid ages ago lol). What do you make of the Hadid vagi...er...stadium? :lol:

Yoshi, you know this topic is being discussed in another thread. You have already posted in that other thread. So why be redundant and ask this question here when you are obviously well-aware that it doesn't belong in this thread? Come on, man, get it together.

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