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Some of The Venues Will Have To Get Some Changes, I Don't Know For Sure Since Tokyo Was Elected In Buenos Aires Back In 2013.

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16 hours ago, TeamBlakeUSA said:

Some of The Venues Will Have To Get Some Changes, I Don't Know For Sure Since Tokyo Was Elected In Buenos Aires Back In 2013.

For once I'm going to rise to the bait.

Dear TeamBlake, please tell us when, in the history of the modern Olympics, there has been a Games which did not require some changes to existing venues.

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Japan wants old phones to make Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics are planning a scavenger hunt for the two tonnes of precious medals required for the winners’ medals.

The organising committee behind the 2020 Games - which has come under fire from Japanese taxpayers concerned at the soaring costs of hosting the world’s largest sporting event - said it intends to work with companies to collect discarded electronic devices and to “mine” them for gold, silver and bronze.

An estimated 650,000 tonnes of electronics are discarded every year in Japan, ranging from digital wristwatches to flat-screen televisions or refrigerators. And while previously they may simply have been dumped in landfills, those devices are now regarded as “urban mines” containing thousands of tonnes of gold, silver, copper, iron and other metals that can be salvaged, recycled and re-purposed.

According to a study by the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science, Japan uses the highest amount of metal resources in electrical appliances in the world, outstripping the natural metal reserves of many mineral-producing countries.

The NIMS report estimated that there are some 6,800 tonnes of gold in Japan, worth an estimated Y20 trillion (HK$1.47 trillion) and accounting for 16 per cent of the total reserves in the world’s mines. Similarly, there are around 60,000 tonnes of silver here, around 23 per cent of the world’s reserves, and 1,700 tonnes of iridium - more than 60 per cent of the world’s reserves.

By these calculations, Japan has more gold than South Africa and more silver, iridium and lead than any other single nation.

Over three months from late 2009, a government-run “urban mining” campaign recovered 22kg of gold from 567,000 discarded mobile phones, along with 79kg of silver, 5,670kg of copper and 2kg of palladium. The government estimates that some 200 million unused cell phones are taking up space in Japanese homes and has set the nation the target of achieving a rate of 50 per cent self-sufficiency in rare metals by 2030.

The initiative was announced in Tokyo on Wednesday by Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, who said: “These medals will be a permanent reminder to the Olympic champions of 2020 of their achievements.

“It’s good to see that they will also send a strong message of sustainability around the world, in line with the Olympic Agenda 2020.”

It is not clear with the costs involved in recycling the precious metals will enable the organisers to save money on a sporting extravaganza - the budget for which could hit $30 billion, fully four times the initial estimate and nearly three times the cost of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

News source:South China Morning Post

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2044810/japan-wants-old-phones-make-tokyo-2020-olympics-medals

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10 hours ago, Palette86 said:
 
 

Huh.  Interesting.  If they want plastic, I have like some 350 old credit cards I'd gladly donate to have Olympic medals made out of them.  ;)

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Breaking News: Looks like an ugly earthquake has just hit Japan some moments ago. And in Fukushima, of all things. Tsunami alert emitted and 3 meter tall waves are expected to happen.

Let's hope this doesn't get as serious as the 2011 

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Koike describes pressure to succeed as Rio Games debriefing begins

 

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As the International Olympic Committee kicked off a three-day debriefing session Monday on the Rio Games, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said she feels pressured to ensure the Tokyo Olympics succeeds in 2020.

“With the world watching, I accepted the two flags of the Olympics and Paralympics from the (Rio) mayor and felt then that it is now Tokyo’s turn,” Koike said. “The flag itself was not heavy, but the burden of responsibility which comes along with it was.”

“We need to capitalize on the experience from the Rio Games as we prepare for 2020.”

Meeting at a hotel in Tokyo’ Minato Ward, the IOC, together with the International Paralympic Committee and the Rio organizing committee, is holding a series of workshops to transfer their knowledge to the host cities of the next three Olympics — Pyeongchang (2018), Tokyo (2020) and Beijing (2022).

The bidders for the 2024 Summer Games — Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris — are also attending.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who did not attend, said in a video message that with Rio now over, Tokyo is the IOC’s priority.

“It is important for Rio 2016 to share the experience with future host cities,” Bach said. “So it is great that representatives from Pyeongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing are all joining the discussions.”

“Now, all our attention turns to Tokyo, to build on Rio’s success and write the next chapter of the Olympic Games. I’m confident that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a transformative moment for all of Japan.”

One of the main issues to be discussed at the debriefing, which will be followed by a meeting of the 2020 coordination commission on Thursday and Friday, will be the matter of Tokyo’s budget, which the organizing committee is trying to keep to around ¥2 trillion. The metropolitan government originally estimated the total cost could reach ¥3 trillion.

Some sense of direction is expected to be given Tuesday, when top officials from a four-party working group including the central and metropolitan governments, the IOC and the 2020 organizers are scheduled to meet.

A decision on the venues for swimming, volleyball and rowing/canoe sprint is set to be announced in conjunction with the overall budget, which has caused a national uproar. Koike’s aggressive reform panel has made trimming the fat budgets for the Olympics and the Tsukiji fish market replacement project a priority since taking office earlier this year.

Tokyo is also hoping to get a few cost-cutting tips from Rio during the debriefing.

“In the organization in Brazil, a lot of attention was given to cutting costs,” said Toshiro Muto, CEO of the 2020 organizing committee.

“The use of overlay at the venues was noticeable, and using not just taxpayers’ money but private funding was also noticeable. It was an important suggestion made to us.”

The Rio organizers urged Tokyo to work fast and play nice.

“The clock is ticking,” said Nawal El Moutawakel, who chaired the coordination commission for Rio. “There is no time to lose at any moment so keep on the pressure and work hand in hand. The Tokyo team really needs to be united and speak one language and have one goal.”

 

Kyodo

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/28/national/koike-describes-pressure-succeed-rio-games-debriefing-begins/#.WDvy9VzF8ks

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On 6/24/2016 at 2:14 AM, TeamBlakeUSA said:

I Never Seen Nissin Becoming A Japanese Olympic Sponsor.

It is not rare that Nissin has once again become a sponsor of a sporting event. Surprisingly, it was the 29th official sponsor of Manchester United. It came out with a marketing campaign named "Hungry to Win" embraced a 30-second advert displayed in Japanese animation. This enabled a further promotion of Manchester United as well as the food products to a wider market such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Mexico. Notably, the promotional concept had a strong equality and this could be seen from the video promoted in a combination of Eastern and Western culture.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-united-sign-up-yet-3867891

http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Club-News/2014/Nov/Nissin-launches-Manchester-United-animation.aspx

The involvement of both international and national sponsors in mega events is a common phenomenon, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has no exceptional. 

There are 12 worldwide sponsors compared with 14 Japanese Gold partners and 27 official Japanese sponsors in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Clearly, Japan has shown more attempts in engaging more local private stakeholders (national sponsors) in achieving a higher sustainable competitive environment which is a very positive practice.

 

https://tokyo2020.jp/en/organising-committee/marketing/sponsors/

https://tokyo2020.jp/en/organising-committee/marketing/sponsorship/

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5 hours ago, TeamBlakeUSA said:

Is This Going To Be Nissin's First Olympic And Paralympic Games As A Sponsor For The Host City?

The Rio 2016 was the first mega event that Nissin sponsored and Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the second sponsored event is the ongoing one. In this way, they seem actively involved in the sponsor role meaning a higher possibility to sponsor other sporting events in the future.

https://www.nissin.com/en_jp/news/5269

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Tokyo to start 2020 games volunteer recruitment in fiscal 2017

 

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will ramp up recruitment for some volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics starting in fiscal 2017, it was revealed in a Dec. 6 meeting of the Metropolitan Assembly's special committee on the games.

The metro government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games had earlier announced a plan to begin asking for volunteers in around summer 2018. Under the plan, some 90,000 total volunteers are to be recruited in two categories: "Games volunteers" to manage event venues, and "city volunteers" to help visitors at airports, train stations and the like.

Metro Tokyo is responsible for recruiting the latter category. However, with the Rugby World Cup 2019 set for Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, the metro government believed it was a good idea to have some Olympic and Paralympic volunteers gain experience at the rugby tournament ahead of the 2020 games.

"We will have the volunteers play an active part at the Rugby World Cup, and use the skills they acquire for the 2020 games," the official in charge of the volunteer program told the Tokyo assembly's special committee, adding that officials would also make use of their Rugby World Cup experience in training and management methods.



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5 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Wow, Japan now country with the highest suicide rate in the world.  Olympics proving too problematic?

http://nypost.com/2016/12/10/the-chilling-stories-behind-japans-evaporating-people/  

In the good old days before the Guinness Book of Records dumbed down, it would give both highest suicide rate (per 100,000 population) and highest number of suicides annually. Low-population countries like Hungary would win the "rate" contest, but Japan tended to come out on top for overall figures because it combines a highish rate with a highish population. Currently, Guyana (population well under a million) is often given as the "rate" leader, but that's based on 2012 statistics; in 2011 the clear winner was Greenland ...

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There are quite a few countries ranked ahead of Japan for suicide rate, both male and female. South Korea actually has a worse rate, so logic dictates you should be more concerned for Pyeongchang. 

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Olympics: 2020 organizers estimate total cost at 1.6-1.8 tril. yen

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161217/p2g/00m/0sp/057000c

December 17, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee estimates the total cost of hosting the 2020 Games at between 1.6 trillion yen and 1.8 trillion yen ($13.6 billion and $15.3 billion), sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The Japanese, Tokyo metropolitan and local governments will be asked to put up a total between 1.11 and 1.34 trillion yen, with the new estimate to be presented to a four-party working group conference scheduled Wednesday.

Last month, games organizers proposed slashing a budget now estimated at 3 trillion yen to under 2 trillion yen.

But the IOC, having recently met with cities abandoning bids to host summer and winter games due to concerns over costs, has called for further cuts, with vice president John Coates stating the organizing committee "can do much better" and the IOC "has not agreed to that amount of money (2 trillion yen)."

Coates said prospective Olympic host cities are watching what goes on in Tokyo and must not get the wrong impression of the costs involved.

An informed source said games operation costs will be 820 billion yen, with the organizing committee covering half of that. Organizers will also foot 90 billion yen of the 330 billion yen bill for temporary facilities.

The original budget estimates during the 2013 bidding process totaled 734 billion yen, but excluded transport and security costs to be covered by the state and metropolitan governments -- as those were not required by the IOC then.

A metropolitan government investigation has since figured the actual cost of hosting the event could swell to 3 trillion yen.



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1 hour ago, TeamBlakeUSA said:

The Cost Could Be Higher It's Very Challenging. As challenging as choosing winners in the GamesBids comps. Have a taco while you consider your votes.

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On 15/11/2016 at 8:30 AM, JMarkSnow2012 said:

For once I'm going to rise to the bait.

Dear TeamBlake, please tell us when, in the history of the modern Olympics, there has been a Games which did not require some changes to existing venues.

I'm still waiting for a response ....

 

On 17/12/2016 at 10:58 AM, gotosy said:

Olympics: 2020 organizers estimate total cost at 1.6-1.8 tril. yen

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161217/p2g/00m/0sp/057000c

December 17, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

Last month, games organizers proposed slashing a budget now estimated at 3 trillion yen to under 2 trillion yen.

But the IOC, having recently met with cities abandoning bids to host summer and winter games due to concerns over costs, has called for further cuts, with vice president John Coates stating the organizing committee "can do much better" and the IOC "has not agreed to that amount of money (2 trillion yen)."

Coates said prospective Olympic host cities are watching what goes on in Tokyo and must not get the wrong impression of the costs involved.

Smart of the IOC to be taking the lead on this issue. Of course, they don't have to make things work on the ground, but politically they're doing the right thing.

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On 12/17/2016 at 5:58 AM, gotosy said:

Coates said prospective Olympic host cities are watching what goes on in Tokyo and must not get the wrong impression of the costs involved.

 

Who says IOC bigwigs don't have a sense of humor. 

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$15 billion? I'm not buying it (pardon the pun). With all the new construction being done plus security costs I don't see any possibility this thing is kept under $25 billion. In fact, I'll predict once the inevitable cost overruns of new venues and temporary overlays plus the rising costs of security are factored in, the final budget will be between 25-30 billion.

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On 12/17/2016 at 10:58 AM, gotosy said:

Olympics: 2020 organizers estimate total cost at 1.6-1.8 tril. yen

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161217/p2g/00m/0sp/057000c

December 17, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee estimates the total cost of hosting the 2020 Games at between 1.6 trillion yen and 1.8 trillion yen ($13.6 billion and $15.3 billion), sources close to the matter said Saturday.

 

The Japanese, Tokyo metropolitan and local governments will be asked to put up a total between 1.11 and 1.34 trillion yen, with the new estimate to be presented to a four-party working group conference scheduled Wednesday.

Last month, games organizers proposed slashing a budget now estimated at 3 trillion yen to under 2 trillion yen.

But the IOC, having recently met with cities abandoning bids to host summer and winter games due to concerns over costs, has called for further cuts, with vice president John Coates stating the organizing committee "can do much better" and the IOC "has not agreed to that amount of money (2 trillion yen)."

Coates said prospective Olympic host cities are watching what goes on in Tokyo and must not get the wrong impression of the costs involved.

An informed source said games operation costs will be 820 billion yen, with the organizing committee covering half of that. Organizers will also foot 90 billion yen of the 330 billion yen bill for temporary facilities.

The original budget estimates during the 2013 bidding process totaled 734 billion yen, but excluded transport and security costs to be covered by the state and metropolitan governments -- as those were not required by the IOC then.

A metropolitan government investigation has since figured the actual cost of hosting the event could swell to 3 trillion yen.



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It is challenging to reduce the cost but what happened to the IOC President’s proposal last October 2016? (https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-president-proposes-four-party-working-group-to-identify-potential-cost-savings-for-tokyo-2020)

According to the Olympic website, Tokyo’s governor accepted a proposal by the IOC President for a four-party working group to review costs for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This involves the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Japanese Government.  This proposal is said to deliver sustainable Olympic games as described in Olympic Agenda. The President also believes that significant savings could be made on the figures contained an interim report by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.  The concern here is can they save effectively and reduce the cost through being sustainable?

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