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Hello, I'm japanese.

4 Board Members will manage the TOCOG.

Olympic Board

・Board Chair (undecided)

・Minister for Tokyo 2020 (Hakubun Shimomura)

・JOC President (Tsunekazu Takeda)

・Govoner (Naoki Inose)


・Secretary-General (undecided)


・Supreme Advisor (Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister)

Who will take office the Board Chair

my expectations: Mr. Akio Toyoda, President of TOYOTA

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Tokyo plans Olympics management


The Yomiuri Shimbun

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, left, shakes hands with Gilbert Felli, executive director of the International Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games, during working-level talks in Tokyo on Thursday.

November 16, 2013

The Yomiuri Shimbun A multi-headed organizational structure based on the one used for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games will likely be adopted for the 2020 Tokyo Games, sources said.

The organizing committee will be led by an Olympic board—a four-member decision-making body to include the Olympic minister and Tokyo governor—similar to the board that successfully ran the London Games, the sources said.

The Tokyo metropolitan government and Japan Olympic Committee expect the International Olympic Committee secretariat to endorse the plan during working-level talks, which began Thursday in Tokyo.

According to the metropolitan government and other sources, the organizing committee will be launched as a general incorporated foundation in February, and later converted into a public interest incorporated foundation so it can receive preferential tax treatment.

The organizing committees for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1998 Nagano Winter Games were both led by chairmen, but the top decision-making body for the 2020 Games is expected to be a four-person Olympic board comprising the Olympics minister, the Tokyo governor, the JOC chairperson and the organizing committee director.

Under this body would be the organizing committee, comprised of a board of trustees with the power to elect directors, a board of directors and a secretariat that would carry out the actual work.

“The organizing committee will recruit a large number of sponsors and donations, so it must be politically neutral,” a high-ranking Tokyo official said.

A member of the business community will likely be invited to chair the board of directors. This chairperson will also serve as a member of the Olympic board.

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori’s name has been floated to lead the organizing committee, but the idea drew opposition from Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who said the appointment was “something the metropolitan government and JOC would decide.”

This tug-of-war has exposed a leadership struggle between Tokyo and the national government, which is why it was decided not to appoint a permanent chairperson, but to make decisions based on discussions among the board’s four members.

Last year’s London Olympics operated under a board comprised of the London mayor, the head of the organizing committee, the British sports minister and the chief of the British Olympic Association.

To avoid a concentration of power, this board did not have a permanent leader, and the role of meeting chairperson alternated between the mayor and sports minister.

Tokyo government and JOC sources said they were also considering alternating the top post among the board’s members.

Yet, many parties involved still reportedly hope Mori will be tapped for the top job, arguing that the former prime minister’s influence both at home and abroad would be useful.

Working-level talks involving the IOC, JOC and others were held Thursday and Friday at the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Kita Ward, Tokyo.

The IOC explained the Olympic philosophy, important aspects about managing the Games and other issues, metropolitan government sources said. Afterward, the meeting broke up into three groups to discuss issues including athletic facilities and the structure of managing organizations.



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2020 Olympics organizing committee to get started in Jan

TOKYO, Dec. 29 -- (Kyodo) _ The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee will likely be launched Jan. 24 under the leadership of the yet-to-be-appointed chairman, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.

The Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee have been making preparations to launch the committee by the beginning of February, with a plan to name the chairman by the end of December. The appointment of the chairman was carried over into next year, the sources said.

The Olympics organizing committee is required to be set up within five months of the selection of the host country. Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympics on Sept. 7 at the International Olympic Committee's general session in Buenos Aires.

JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda admitted that the selection of chairman has run into trouble, saying, "Highly capable people hardly come forward to immediately say they will do (it)."

"We want to decide as early as possible in January," he said.

One candidate for chairman, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who contributed to Tokyo's winning bid, cited his age when rejecting the idea of taking over as the face of the Tokyo Games.

"If I think about the physical requirements, I have absolutely no desire to undertake the chairmanship," Mori, 76, said earlier.

Because a huge amount of money will be needed to meet the committee's estimated budget of 300 billion yen, there has been some support for two candidates from the business world -- Fujio Cho, honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corp., and Canon Inc. Chairman Fujio Mitarai.

Both, however, have declined citing pressing company business among other reasons, according to industry sources.

Some observers expect the post of chairman will not be decided until Tokyo elects its next governor on Feb. 9. Should that happen, the committee will begin work without the top leader, something Takeda opposes.

"You can't launch the organizing committee if there is no one at the top," he said.

According to the sources familiar with the matter, the committee will start with a board of 20 directors, a council of from three to seven members who select directors, and a 60-strong secretariat -- all under the control of the chairman.

The committee will have two vice chairmen, with those posts expected to be filled by the JOC president and Tokyo's deputy governor.

The secretariat will be headed by the secretary general, who will be assisted by three deputy secretaries general. The secretariat's personnel will be increased to around 100 in April and eventually to some 3,000 in seven years, the sources said.

In addition, an advisory conference consisting of senior officials from the political and business circles will be established to give advice and proposals to the board, according to the sources.



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I know its only been nearly 4 months since Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games but does anyone know when the Official Games Logo for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will be released?

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London's was released in '07, Rio's in '11, so I'd guess Tokyo will be in '15

Oh yeah. Sounds about right. So 5 years before the Games Begin. I do remember our London's one being released and obviously the Rio one.

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Ex-premier Mori likely to head Tokyo Olympic organizing body

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government and the city of Tokyo are in final talks on appointing former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori as chief of the 2020 Olympic organizing committee, a government source said Thursday.

The government had earlier tried to choose a figure from the business world after Mori showed reluctance to take up its initial offer.

The host city and the Japanese Olympic Committee are preparing to establish the organizing committee on Jan. 24.

January 09, 2014(Mainichi Japan)

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TOKYO (AP) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, aged 76, was officially appointed head of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic organizing committee on Friday.

Mori initially rejected the request, citing his age, but agreed to accept the post after no other suitable candidates from the Japan business community came forward.

Mori served as prime minister for one year from April 2000. He came under fire for continuing a round of golf after receiving news that the submarine USS Greeneville had accidentally hit and sunk a Japanese fishing vessel in February 2001. The accident resulted in the death of nine students and teachers.

Mori is president of the Japan Rugby Football Union and helped Tokyo to be chosen for the 2020 Olympics but has a reputation for contentious comments and his brief period as prime minister was marked for its gaffes.

''He is known for his careless remarks,'' said Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. ''Having him as chairman means there is a high risk of inappropriate comment.''

During his term, Mori described Japan as ''a nation of deities with the Emperor at its center'', stirring controversy as the comments evoked memories of Japan's imperial wartime past, when the Emperor was officially regarded as a divine entity.

In his 2000 campaign, Mori said voters ''should stay in bed'' when told about media reports that many had yet to decide who to vote for.

Mori's age and history have led to scrutiny in Japan about his ability to fill a very demanding role.

At the most recent Olympics in London, the head of the organizing committee was 57-year-old former two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion Sebastian Coe, who drew praise for his intense workload, crisscrossing the globe to promote the event.

Far from downplaying that concern, Mori raised eyebrows by admitting he may not even be alive in 2020. ''If all goes well, I'm destined to live maybe five or six more years,'' Mori was quoted to say by Kyodo news agency after agreeing to accept the post.

Going up against Istanbul and Madrid, Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the ''safe pair of hands'' at a time of global political and economic turmoil - a message that clearly resonated with the International Olympic Committee.



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Could they really not find anyone better than a 76-year old has-been politician? Who's next? Lech Walesa heading Krakow 2022? George W taking on Tulsa 2048?

Mori is okay in spite of his ages. I am worried about who will be chosen as the Governor of Tokyo.

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TOKYO (AP) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, aged 76, was officially appointed head of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic organizing committee on Friday.



Its things like this that make me "eh" at Tokyo hosting 2020. Ageing population, alright - this guy could have competed in 1964.

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As long as they get the job well done i'm ok with it. The young generation/new horizons/whatever is going to happen in Rio. Although I agree Japan is filled with a noticeable amount of dinosaurs as politicians. Specially Ishihara (that guy is bonkers. I hope he stays away from the games as much as possible)

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Tokyo 2020 officials not too old, claims executive director

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

By Nick Butler in Japan House at the Olympic Park in Sochi

February 5 - Executive officer of Tokyo 2020 Makoto Saika has "no concerns" about the old age of the Organising Committee members and remains confident that the bid team will "represent all people".

It was announced last month that heading the fledgling Organising Committee will be 70 year old ex-Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori as President and Toshiro Muto, 76, as chief executive - so by 2020 their collective ages will be 159.

This comes in contrast with the situation at the London 2012 where chairman Sebastian Coe was 55 and chief executive Paul Deighton 56 by the time the Games opened.

With another major figure associated with the bid, nternational Olympic Committee member and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, already 66, this has led to concerns the team may struggle to create a wide appeal, not to mention cope with the arduous travelling demands essential for officials involved in organising such a large event.

But Saika dismissed this view when he told insidethegames that he has "no concerns at all" about any age issues and the lack of female representatives at the top of Tokyo 2020.

"Members of the Executive Board are still being selected from up to 25 sporting figures from Japan," he said.

"Obviously some members will be much younger and some members will be female.

"We are united as a team and we will represent all people and feel that our composition will be right for Tokyo 2020."

Saika also claimed Mori, President of the Japanese Rugby Football Union, would not struggle to balance his new role with his involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which Japan are hosting.

"Mr Mori has always said that he will dedicate 100 per cent to his Organising Committee commitments so there should be no problem there", Saika told insidethegames.

"He is President of the Japan Rugby Union but he is not serving as President of Japan 2019.

Saika added that "we believe that will leave him 100 per cent dedicated to focus on his Olympic and Paralympic commitments", before adding there were no plans Mori to step down from his rugby role.

Saika was similarly positive about the impact of the election next Sunday (February 9) to select a new Governor of Tokyo after Naoki Inose resigned last December due to a corruption scandal.

"Of course, as a Governor of the host city he or she will be very important to Tokyo 2020 and will certainly play an important part," he said.

"But whoever he or she is I am confident that they will fit into the Governing Body and be fully in support."

The official Tokyo headquarters of the new team was also opened as planned last Saturday (February 1) with 50 staff currently in place and plans to increase this to 100 in the near future.

Sakai was speaking today at a welcoming Ceremony at the Japan House here, where Tokyo 2020 remained at the forefront of attention despite the Winter Olympics getting underway on Friday (February 9).

Sakai, representing the Organising Committee here, admitted that he has not yet had a chance to get some advice on staging a Games from Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and chief executive of Sochi 2014.

But he claimed he has spoken to various IOC members and that he has a "great feeling in their confidence in Tokyo 2020".

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