Tokyo 2020 Olympics 東京五輪
The Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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The logo for the 2016 nomination.
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The logo of the 2020 Olympic Games.
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The logo of the 1964 Olympic Games.
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The 1964 Summer Olympic Games were a symbol of the reconstruction of Japan, left in ruins after the war. Similarly, the 2020 Olympics will lick the wounds of the disaster of March 11th, 2011.
The industrial recovery combined with, among other things, the resumption of trade allowed Japan to revive its economy in the 1950s. The country then drew a line under this difficult time after the war to become a major world power. This is known as the Japanese "economic miracle". This turning point in the history of Japan is symbolized by the organization of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Japan appeared as a rebuilt, dynamic and modern country.
Today, the success of the 1964 Olympics still remains in the minds of the Japanese, who once again see the Olympics as a way to recover from the disaster of March 11th, 2011.
However, Tokyo's request to host the 2016 Olympics was unsuccessful, despite a "green" project and nearly fifteen billion yen spent. The main reason for this was the lacklustre support of Tokyo residents as hosts of the event. This lack of enthusiasm was due to, among other things, the need to raise local taxes to fund the work, which was seen to only increase the country's financial problems. Nevertheless on July 16th, 2011, the city re-applied for 2020 alongside Doha, Madrid, Rome and Istanbul.
A good catalyst
Although previously shunned by the inhabitants of Tokyo, for the Japanese, hosting the Olympics in 2020 represents an effective way to boost the economy of the country and move on from the earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011. In fact, the ceremony will begin with a strong symbol: the Olympic Torch Relay will start from the affected areas in Tohoku to Tokyo.
A major project
Japan is taking its responsibilities as host seriously! To accommodate the event, Tokyo intends to reuse and improve existing facilities, many of them remaining from the 1964 games.
But a series of large-scale constructions - that will dramatically change the face of the city - are planned be built on the coast. For example, the future aquatic center, and the creation of a new futuristic Olympic Stadium to seat 80,000, complete with retractable roof. It will replace the national stadium used for the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in 1964.