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Tokyo pledges to bring women into 2020 committee

SOCHI, Russia — Japanese organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they’re looking to bring women into the fold.

Tokyo has come under scrutiny for forming a mostly older, male-only leadership team. The committee is headed by 76-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister.

Mori acknowledged the issue at a news conference Sunday in Sochi, saying, “we will take care to have female members as well as young people” when the executive board is expanded.

Mori initially declined to head the committee, citing his age, but reconsidered after no other suitable candidates from the business community volunteered.

Mori also was asked why he and other Tokyo leaders don’t speak English. He replied that he was a second grader when World War II ended and “English was considered the enemy’s language.”

AP

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Games organizing committee clock is ticking

With the organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics up and running, preparations for the mega-project have commenced. The main hurdles it faces are how to amass the vast sums of money needed to stage the games and the personnel needed to run them. There is also the task of maintaining public interest in the event until 2020.

Here is a rundown of the key players on the committee and its main tasks for the next six years.

What’s the role of the Olympic organizing committee?

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is in charge of preparations and overall management for the 2020 Games, including the individual sporting events, the opening and closing ceremonies, the facilities, including the athletes’ village, and transportation and security for the venues.

The committee, set up in late January, will submit a basic organizational plan to the IOC by next February, a committee official said. The plan will be fleshed out based on the “candidature file” the bid committee submitted to the IOC in January last year.

Who is on the committee?

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, 76, was appointed president and former Vice Finance Minister Toshiro Muto, 70, was named chief executive officer when the panel was launched.

Mori was chosen apparently because of his wide connections in various fields, including sports, and his contribution toward Tokyo’s successful bid for the games. The former president of Japan Sports Association and current president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, Mori has been involved in Tokyo’s efforts since its failed bid for the 2016 Games.

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura, who doubles as minister in charge of the Olympics, said Mori “has international networks as well as connections with domestic sports . . . and the business world.”

Muto meanwhile is expected to serve as the committee’s coordinator with both the ministries and international bodies, including the IOC.

“(His) presence helps a lot as he has deep relationships with officials at the ministries, municipalities and business sectors,” Mori said of Muto at the inaugural news conference last month.

Have any major business executives been appointed?

Mori told reporters Feb. 9 in Sochi, Russia, where he and others were inspecting the Winter Games, that Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., is expected to be appointed one of the vice chairmen, and that Fujio Mitarai, CEO of Canon Inc. and a former chairman of Keidanren, will become honorary president.

Appointing leading business figures is expected to help the committee collect money for the project. According to the candidature file, the organizing committee expects to collect ¥101.98 billion in sponsorship revenue and ¥10 billion in donations.

Newly elected Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday that he will visit Sochi to attend the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics and meet IOC officials, apparently to raise the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s profile as host of the 2020 Games. The capital was leaderless for about two months after former Gov. Naoki Inose resigned over a money scandal in December.

Are there any young people or women on the committee?

Not yet. Critics say the appointments to date are focused too much on getting the support of ministries and businesses and should include young athletes and women, including two-time Olympic silver medalist fencer Yuki Ota, Paralympian Mami Sato and TV presenter Christel Takigawa. They contributed considerably toward Tokyo’s successful bid.

Mori said women and young people will be among the 25 to 30 executive board members.

“I will take a woman’s appointment into full consideration,” Mori said in Sochi. “I also would like young people to join us.”

How big is the staff?

It started with about 50 members, mostly from the metropolitan government and some from the Japanese Olympic Committee and the central government, a committee official said.

That will be increased to 3,000 in six years to include people from the private sector and various sports at home and abroad, the official said.

The committee also aims to have 80,000 volunteers. Details, including when to recruit them and what activities to use them for, have yet to be determined, the official said.

What are its other tasks?

The committee needs to come up with a theme for both the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, said Tokyo Metropolitan University professor Naofumi Masumoto, who studies the games.

Tokyo will have to hold a performance based on that theme at the closing ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Games in August 2016, as the next host city, Masumoto said.

“This is a big task, and we have only a little over two years left,” he said.

Masumoto also pointed out that the committee will have to come up with Japanese cultural programs and cultural exchanges, as well as programs and educational activities related to the environment that will be staged after the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

“The three pillars of ‘Olympism’ are sports, culture and the environment. The efforts on these (pillars) will begin from 2016, when the (Rio de Janeiro) Olympics end,” Masumoto said. “The public may be only interested in the (2020 Games) venues, the number of medals, the economic effects and infrastructure, but cultural and environmental programs must not be overlooked.”

What are key concerns regarding the preparations?

Masumoto said the key concern will be holding the budget to the originally planned amount, as it tends to grow from the initial estimate.

According to the candidature file, the budget for the committee is about ¥301.3 billion and the total cost of building the venues is estimated to be about ¥455.4 billion.

Another difficult task is how to train the 80,000 volunteers it hopes to recruit, Masumoto said.

“It will be an urgent task to nurture leaders among the volunteers who can instruct other volunteers,” he said. “(The committee) also needs to consider how to handle volunteers from overseas.”

The government is also concerned about the shortage of construction workers, which could affect the preparations. According to land ministry data, the annual shortage rate averaged about 1.6 percent in calendar 2013, the worst since comparable figures became available in 1993. To cope with the crunch, the government plans to compile by the end of March measures to accept more foreign workers.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/02/17/reference/games-organizing-committee-clock-is-ticking/#.UwM9poWhy0I

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Tokyo pledges to bring women into 2020 committee

SOCHI, Russia — Japanese organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they’re looking to bring women into the fold.

Tokyo has come under scrutiny for forming a mostly older, male-only leadership team. The committee is headed by 76-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister.

I bet Mori has binders full of women!

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Music producer Akimoto, others eyed for Tokyo Olympic executive board

  • Mar 13, 2014

Yasushi Akimoto, the music producer for the wildly popular AKB48 girl group, and Koji Murofushi, Olympic champion in the men’s hammer throw, are among the people who will likely be named to the organizing board for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, according to a source familiar with the matter.

In response to the International Olympic Committee’s push for increased representation of women, a draft plan for committee members lists seven women, including Yuko Arakida, a gold medalist in women’s volleyball in the 1976 Montreal Games.

Board members will also come from political and business circles.

The committee lineup is expected to be formally announced Monday.

The board’s official name will be the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

It’s president will be Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister.

The secretariat is currently sounding out candidates about their willingness to serve in the committee, leaving room for changes before the final list is worked out, according to the source.

As of Wednesday, only one of the 35 members has yet to be picked, the source said.

Akimoto is a well-known songwriter who is behind the success of AKB48 and other singers. He has also served on a government panel to promote Japanese culture overseas.

Kyodo

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/13/national/music-producer-akimoto-others-eyed-for-tokyo-olympic-executive-board/#.UyGIu4Xwvww

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/\/\ Mika Ninagawa,who is a female photographer,will be joining the committee.

MSN産経ニュース;http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/140314/oth14031408430000-n1.htm gotosy,you can read this article.

Mika Ninagawa's official website; http://www.ninamika.com/en/

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Great of you that you opted むろん. It has almost the same meaning as もちろん,but quite literary style and very proper! You are intelligent ;) .

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26 Mar. 2014 - TOKYO 2020 Executive Board Finalises Composition

All 34 members of the Executive Board of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOKYO 2020) met today to finalise the Board’s composition with the appointment of six Vice Presidents, a Director General and three Senior Executive Board Members. With the new appointments, TOKYO 2020 has now completed the laying of a solid foundation for the organising committee to ensure the successful preparations and operations of the TOKYO 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The newly appointed members of the Executive Board are as follows:

Vice Presidents

- Akio TOYODA (Chairman, Committee on Promotion of Sports, Keidanren / President, Toyota Motor Corporation)

- Yoshitaka SAKURADA (Minister in charge of Sports / Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

- Ichiro KONO (President, Japan Sport Council)

- Tsunekazu TAKEDA (Member, International Olympic Committee / President, Japanese Olympic Committee)

- Yasushi YAMAWAKI (Governing Board Member, International Paralympic Committee / Director of Japan Sports Association for the Disabled and Vice President of Japan Paralympic Committee)

- Toshiyuki AKIYAMA (Vice Governor of Tokyo)

Director General

- Toshiro MUTO (Chairman, Daiwa Institute of Research / Chief Executive Officer, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)

Senior Executive Board Members

- Yukihiko NUNOMURA (Former Director General, Sports and Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology / Chief Operations Officer, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)

- Hirobumi KAWANO (Vice President, Japanese Olympic Committee)

- Hiroshi SATO (Former Vice Governor of Tokyo / Chairman & President of the Credit Guarantee of Tokyo)

Yoshiro Mori, President of the organising committee said: “Today's meeting of the Executive Board enabled us to get off to the ideal start as the highest decision-making body of the organising committee. The TOKYO 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will serve as an exciting new target for the young people of Japan to strive towards, and will provide a major boost for the whole of society. All members of our ‘All Japan’ Executive Board are firmly committed and looking forward to exerting their utmost efforts to ensure the resounding success of the Games.”

Also decided at the Executive Board meeting were the three following main points of emphasis for the current fiscal year.

1. Formulation of a Games Foundation Plan, and Promotion of Steady Preparations including the Design and Construction of Temporary Facilities

2. Marketing and Strategic Communications Activities

3. Strengthening of Headquarters’ Capabilities and the Establishment of a Solid Financial Base

Notes on the above points:

1. The Games Foundation Plan will be formulated based on discussions and through working closely with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and other relevant stakeholders.

2. Marketing and strategic communications activities will focus on the promotion of marketing activities, implementation of strategic communications activities, and promotion of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

3. Strengthening of Headquarters’ capabilities and the establishment of a solid financial base will encompass further strengthening of organisational capabilities at the secretariat level, the establishment of public interest non-profit organisations, and the efficient and effective implementation of a financial plan and budget.

A budget of 2.48 billion JPY (US$ 24.3 million)* has been calculated for the FY2014 Headquarters’ annual budget.

* Figure based on current exchange rate of 1US$ = 102.181 JPY

Information for media:

- First Project Review: 3-4 April 2014

- First visit by the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad: 25-27

June 2014

- Second Project Review: November 2014

Where applicable, information on how media will be able to cover these events will be communicated by TOKYO 2020 closer to the time.

Tokyo 2020

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Exclusive: ITU President Marisol Casado targets mixed relay for Tokyo 2020. Full story here - http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/triathlon/1019309-exclusive-itu-president-marisol-casado-targets-mixed-relay-for-tokyo-2020 - Source: Inside the Games.

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Tokyo organising committee announces rejuvenated, gender-baranced board

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Youth takes charge: the new TOE-COG board.

Bowing to mounting criticisms that the board charged with overseeing the 2020 Olympic Games is dominated by “grey-haired geriatric men in dark suits”, the Tokyo Organising Executive Committee for the Olympic Games (TOE-COG) has announced a “dynamic, rejuvenated leadership team” to steer preparations for the global gathering.

Former Emperor Hirohito has been named the new president of the organising committee, replacing former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori who had helmed the committee since September last year in Buenos Aires, when the nation’s capital won its bid to host the four-yearly event.

An ashen-faced Mori said he was “extremery preased our divine Showa Emperor has consented to return to our mortal prain to read us in our great national struggle ahead.”

The former PM also acknowledged his own contrition and the deep shame he had brought to his ancestors as he tendered his resignation and was led off to conduct ritual Seppuku.

The former Emperor Hirohito was the 124th descendent of the sun goddess Amaterasu. He was born in 1901 and died in 1989. Nevertheless, the appointment of his corpse to lead the Tokyo Olympic Executive committee has lowered the average age of membership of the 2020 board to 95 years and 4 months.

The former Emperor, communicating on the earthly plane through the Court Chamberlain and Grand High Executioner of the Imperial Japanese Mikado’s Household, Takeo Hondasuzuki, urged the Japanese people to be prepared to “endure the unendurable” as advance elements of the occupation forces of the International Olympic Committee prepare to arrive in the Home Islands.

He urged all people of Japan to remain stoic in the face of the inevitable humiriations ahead, including the appointment of the first female members of TOE-COG to redress western concerns of gender imbalance.

Japanese adult film star Rina Nanase has been appointed official head of games’ “Comfort Services”. Anime character Michiko “Kissi-Kissi” Harafukyu is taking up the role of Head of Gender Equity Development.

One of the new TOE-COG board’s first tasks will be to spearhead a bid by Tokyo for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games to aid in legacy planning for the 2020 event.

United States Olympic Committee chairman and “Survivor” host Jeff Probst welcomed the appointment of Hirohito, saying he expected the Divine Being to work cordially and closely with the Chef de Mission of the US team for the upcoming 2018 and 2020 Olympic games, General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur (ret).

Sukiyaki Shimbun

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Lineup of Tokyo Olympic advisers taking shape

11:43 pm, May 27, 2014

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The lineup for the advisory committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has almost been decided, sources said.

The committee consisting of people from various fields will provide advice to Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. It is expected that Sadaharu Oh, 74, former manager of the Yomiuri Giants, and Nomura Man, 84, nohgaku performer, will be included among the members, and the big event will be prepared by Japan’s foremost representatives.

Oh, who also serves as chairman of the World Children’s Baseball Foundation, will provide advice on baseball, which is trying to find its way back onto the lineup of events for the Tokyo Games.

Nomura is chairman of the Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations, which is made up of groups who specialize not only in traditional performing arts but also more modern entertainers such as Japanese pop musicians and actors. Nomura probably will be an adviser for the opening ceremony and cultural events before and after the games, according to the sources.

Sadayuki Sakakibara, 71, next chairman of the Japan Business Federeation (Keidanren) and Nobuaki Koga, 62, president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), are included among members from the business world. Fujio Cho, 77, honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corp., will also become a member as president of the Japan Sports Association.

In addition, Shunichiro Okano, 82, honorary member of the International Olympic Committee and former president of the Japan Football Association, and Shintaro Ishihara, 81, coleader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), who as Tokyo governor pushed the bid to bring the Olympics to the capital, will join the committee.

As the torch relay course includes Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the three prefectural governors Takuya Tasso, 49, Yoshihiro Murai, 53, and Yuhei Sato, 66, are on the list of members.

The organizing committee plans to ask for cooperation from groups related to operation of the Olympics, such as groups engaged in developing athletes in the educational sector, and those in the tourist industry dealing with transportation and accommodation.

It is expected that the advisory committee will consist of about 130 members with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the chairman, and will start work after receiving approval at the organizing committee’s board meeting next month. The first meeting will be held before this autumn, and the committee’s advice will be reflected in the Olympic project to be submitted to the IOC by next February.

Yomiuri

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001310562

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Olympic gold medallists head Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission

An Athletes' Commission, containing three Olympic gold medallists, has been been set up by Tokyo 2020, the Executive Board announced today during its fourth meeting in the Japanese capital.

Led by Daichi Suzuki, Olympic gold medallist in the 100 metres backstroke at Seoul 1988 and now President of the Japan Swimming Federation, the Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission will consist of 21 prominent figures from Japan's sporting community.

It will include another swimmer, Junichi Kawai, who has won 21 Paralympic medals, including five gold, as vice-chairman.

Following previous criticism of the lack of female representation at Tokyo 2020, it is perhaps significant that this Commission is made up of 11 women and 10 men.

Along with Suzuki, there there are two other Olympic gold medallists on the Commission.

They are Naoko Takahashi, winner of the women's marathon at Sydney 2000, and Isao Yoneda, who was part of the Japanese squad that won the team gold medal in gymnastics at Athens 2004, where he also won a bronze on the horizontal bar.

The only other Olympic medallist is freestyle wrestler Tomohiro Matsunaga, who won silver in the 55 kilogram at Beijing 2008.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2020/1022533-olympic-gold-medallists-head-tokyo-2020-athletes-commission

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