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Whatever design is chosen and built, the changes to Tokyo’s skyline will be minor compared with those brought by the 1964 Games, which marked Japan’s reemergence as an industrial power from the ruins of its defeat in World War II.

Rivers and canals were paved over or topped by towering expressways to minimize the cost of land purchases. The city rushed to finish its shinkansen “bullet train,” the world’s first. Tens of thousands of city residents were relocated to make way for dozens of new sports venues and other facilities, but public complaints were muted for the sake of national pride.

ahhhhhh the goo old days!

When we first visited in 1966, so 2 years after the '64 SOGs, I sort of told myself -- wow, all this concrete...what an ugly city. The only thing that compensated was that the Japanese are very clean and orderly people; so it really was (and still is) a very ordered, structured society.

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http://news.ameba.jp/20150912-395/

Classic Japanese business practice as head of the JSC retires and takes responsibility for stadium problems. Probably won't change much since most of the action happens in lower level committees.

JSC president Kono to quit after term

Ichiro Kono, president of the Japan Sport Council (JSC), will step down when his term expires at the end of this month, it was learned.
The JSC is in charge of the project to build the new National Stadium, and there have been calls for Kono, 68, to resign following the decision to send the stadium’s construction plan back to the drawing board.
Kono has a wide range of connections in the sports world, and his performance as JSC president has been praised, leading some to feel he should be reappointed. But others said that as head of the organization in charge of the stadium project, Kono should take at least part of the responsibility for causing the chain of problems that have plagued the project.

Date:September 12,2015

News source:The Japan News

Link to this article:http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002419884

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Debt-Strapped Japan Planning a No-Frills Olympics

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-18/debt-strapped-japan-will-seek-cost-conscious-olympics-ceo-says

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games will be the first of a leaner type of competition that will limit spending on big-ticket venues to avoid alienating the public, Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto said, two months after debt-ridden Japan canceled plans for a futuristic main stadium.

Japan is struggling to control a public debt more than twice the size of its $4.6 trillion economy, as social security costs spiral due to an aging population. With the risk of another recession as his Abenomics policies fail to boost growth in Asia’s second-biggest economy, Abe is looking to avoid a public backlash by keeping a cap on Olympic spending.

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Well, it's certainly sounding more and more like the 2020 SOG race was a prelude to the 2022 WOG race! We really were voting for the least worst host in 2013!

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Debt-Strapped Japan Planning a No-Frills Olympics

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-18/debt-strapped-japan-will-seek-cost-conscious-olympics-ceo-says

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games will be the first of a leaner type of competition that will limit spending on big-ticket venues to avoid alienating the public, Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto said, two months after debt-ridden Japan canceled plans for a futuristic main stadium.

Japan is struggling to control a public debt more than twice the size of its $4.6 trillion economy, as social security costs spiral due to an aging population. With the risk of another recession as his Abenomics policies fail to boost growth in Asia’s second-biggest economy, Abe is looking to avoid a public backlash by keeping a cap on Olympic spending.

This article seemed like it was written on older information, meaning it theorized that Tokyo would have to move outside the 8km promise when they have done so for a few months already. I think that Muto is saying that they wont pull a Beijing where they build all new venues for every sport just to let them rot.

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Getting worried the build up for the 2020 games is starting to get more shaky than we thought it was going to be, specially considering Japan good reputation when hosting these events. I have confidence they'll be able to overcome them in the end. Though I agree replacing the JSC boss when you still have the lower committee members around won't change things. Much like how replacing FIFA president won't change anything as long as the corrupt members who elect are still around.

The upside is that at least the talks on this forum about Tokyo 2020 preparations won't be as boring as we initially thought :lol:

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16 October 2015 – Meiji Becomes Tokyo 2020’s Fourteenth Gold Partner

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today welcomed Meiji Co., Ltd. (Meiji) as a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, the highest domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme.

Meiji has been attributed the category “Dairy Products & Confectionery.” Its addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 Partners to 19, including 14 Gold Partners.

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the new appointment, “Meiji is a company that contributes to healthy lifestyles, and in this capacity will provide much valuable support to our efforts. I am delighted to welcome Meiji as an official Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner. It is a very welcome addition to our sponsorship programme.”

Kazuo Kawamura, President and Representative Director of Meiji, added: “We are very honoured to be able to contribute to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and support Japan’s athletes as a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner. Meiji has supported Japan’s athletes at both the London and Sochi Olympic Games as a JOC Official Partner. In addition, we support sportsmen and women as well as a number of sporting bodies by providing nutritional support with our extensive range of dairy and other products. Having now been appointed a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, we look forward to further enhancing our contributions to the Olympic and Paralympic movements and the promotion of sports in Japan through our dairy products and confectionery.”

About the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme: The Olympic sponsor programme is divided into four separate categories, with the IOC’s The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme constituting the very highest level of Olympic sponsorship. The Worldwide TOP Partners who support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are Coca-Cola, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

The three remaining categories are designated for domestic sponsors. The highest domestic tier comprises Gold Partners, the second tier consists of Official Partners and the third tier is made up of Official Supporters. Domestic sponsors will also be core components of Tokyo 2020’s Marketing Programme, and until 2020 they will be indispensable partners both for the successful delivery of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and as partners of the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams. Accordingly, they will be accorded the rights to use Olympic and Paralympic designations and imagery including emblems, mascots and slogans. In collaboration with all sponsors who take part in the Marketing Programme, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will work to contribute to a brighter tomorrow for both Japan and the world.

Please click the following link to learn more about the rights granted to the Tokyo 2020 Games' Sponsors: http://www.tokyo2020.jp/en/marketing/rights/index.html

About Meiji: Meiji manufactures numerous long-selling products, including Meiji Milk Chocolate and Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt, Japan’s first authentic plain yogurt. We are a company that provides a wide range of products and services that emphasize nutritional value to customers of all ages. We continue to contribute to the taste and fun of food to ensure that there are always Meiji products near the smiles of our customers, and contribute to their healthy diets through providing value to both their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Meiji official website: http://www.meiji.co.jp/english/

http://www.tokyo2020.jp/en/news/index.php?mode=page&id=1512

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A lot of people don't realise Japan has the highest debt to GDP ratio in the whole world (IMF 2013)

Japan 238%

Greece No2 at 158%

US 106%

GB 90%

Brazil 68%

Australia (that had its last election fought over our unsustainable debt) 27%

Most of Japan's debt is owed to its own people (so it is not foreign debt) and interest rates are zero..however they seem to be realising that they can't just spend money on govt projects to boost the economy indefinitely.

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A lot of people don't realise Japan has the highest debt to GDP ratio in the whole world (IMF 2013)

Japan 238%

Greece No2 at 158%

US 106%

GB 90%

Brazil 68%

Australia (that had its last election fought over our unsustainable debt) 27%

Most of Japan's debt is owed to its own people (so it is not foreign debt) and interest rates are zero..however they seem to be realising that they can't just spend money on govt projects to boost the economy indefinitely.

How much was it in 2013, when they were awarded the games? And how much was Tokyo's debt? I'd like to compare that with Istanbul/Turkey and Madrid/Spain.

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Here's a piece of news we all knew was coming...

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151218_33.html

2020 Tokyo Games budget estimated at $15 billion

An enormous budget deficit is forecast for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games.


NHK has learned that the cost for preparing and administering the 2020 Games is estimated at about 15 billion dollars. That is 6 times as much as what the organizing committee initially estimated.

The budget includes 2.5 billion dollars for construction of athletic facilities, 2.2 billion dollars in facility rentals, 1.6 billion dollars to be paid to security firms, and 1.5 billion dollars in transportation-related costs.

Officials say the budget increase is due to additional costs for the use of metropolitan expressways, which the organizing committee did not factor in. It is also due to the soaring costs of construction materials and labor.

This reveals that the committee had greatly underestimated the costs when it entered the competition to host the 2020 Games.

NHK has also found there will be a shortfall of more than 8 billion dollars in revenue, which includes ticket sales and funds collected from corporate sponsors.

The organizing committee plans to consider cutting the budget. The committee will also study whether some of the events can be hosted by the Tokyo government or the national government.

According to Wikipedia this is about as much Athens paid for their games and is about 5 billion more than London excluding the amount used to redo the Olympic Stadium. In reality the OC can only do so much to reduce the budget, but if they are able to continue to reap revenue from new facilities that exceeded maintenance costs alongside selling homes in the village hopefully they will break even without hurting the taxpayers too much.

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With these numbers i'm not surprised more and more people are repeating the mantra "Olympics are no longer for the people but the privileged"

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Even though, a lot of these budget problems are Japan specific. With high construction costs and a sort of monopoly on construction companies, it's particular to Japan that even the new stadium designs can break under 1 billion. I imagine if Tokyo was in the US or Europe, somewhere where construction costs are less and there are many more contractors to choose from, their attempts to lessen the budget would actually be seen.

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Information about Tokyo 2020 in Rio 2016 were released today. The OC will have a house like Pyeongchang did in Sochi. The OC will also set up live sites in Japan throughout Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.

http://tokyo2020.jp/jp/games/rio-to-tokyo/index.html

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2020 Tokyo Olympic 'host towns' announced

Japan's government has chosen 44 municipalities for its "host town" program to promote exchange with countries taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The program is designed to encourage municipalities across the country to welcome athletes and tourists in Japan during the Games. The government also hopes the program will help revitalize local communities. Registered municipalities are to be granted subsidies to cover part of costs for exchange programs.

On Tuesday, the government registered 44 municipalities as the first batch of host towns. One of them, Abashiri City in Hokkaido, plans to host visitors from Australia. The city is popular as a rugby training camp site.

Zao Town in Miyagi Prefecture is to host visitors from Palau. The town accepted immigrants from the Pacific island nation after World War Two.

Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture is to host people from Ghana. Inawashiro is the hometown of the late medical doctor Hideyo Noguchi, who died in the country nearly 90 years ago while studying yellow fever.

Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toshiaki Endo, said they are not only for Tokyo. He said he wants all people in Japan to make the Games their festival.

The government plans to register more towns.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160126_38.html

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Welcome to Tokyo 2020's New Website!
9 February 2016Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 today unveiled its new official website that will become the primary platform for all interested in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It has been re-engineered to deliver more information about the preparations for the 2020 Games, about the Olympic and Paralympic movements, as well as the sports and venues.

Adapted for a diverse array of platforms and devices, it fulfils the needs of this digital and mobile era in a user-friendly manner. Available in three languages - French, English and Japanese - the new website allows you to directly share your interests with others on social media. It also features a new 'Get Involved' section to let you be part of the creation and delivery of the Games.

The website also reflects Tokyo 2020's commitment to accessibility by being optimised for a wide range of impairments and offering universally-accessible contents.

Website Accessibility Policy

We hope you enjoy browsing the new website!

https://tokyo2020.jp/en/news/notice/20160209-01.html

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Another tower? What, did they got bored already of Skytree?

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Ah well, at least they're being realistic with the estimated date (2045)

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