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Tokyo’s Successful Olympic Campaign and the Prospects for Lasting ReturnsHarada Munehiko

A leading expert on sports science looks at some of the factors behind the decision to award the 2020 summer Olympic games to Tokyo. How can the opportunity of the games be used to transform Japan’s largest city and invigorate a dormant sector of the nation’s economy?

The Age of Public DiplomacyWatanabe Yasushi

Public diplomacy has attracted increasing attention in recent years—not least in Japan, where the government has invested considerable effort in its “Cool Japan” campaign. As we look ahead to our November symposium on “The Popularity of Nations: How and Why Governments Seek Public Approval Abroad,” Watanabe Yasushi, who has been involved in the project since the beginning, considers the significance of the symposium.

Tokyo Facts: Details on the 2020 Olympics Host

In 2020 Japan’s capital will host the Summer Olympics for the second time, following its successful hosting of the 1964 games. We present some basic data on this major world city.

Recent Olympics: A Comparison in Figures

Hosting the Olympics is a massive project for any country, with national pride and prestige at stake. These bare figures bring into focus some of the differences and similarities between recent Olympics.

The 2020 Olympic Games to Come to Tokyo

Tokyo has been selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seven years from now the city will invite the world to “discover tomorrow” through the events held at a compact, convenient set of facilities.

Bringing the Games Back to Japan

On September 7, the IOC will decide which city will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Tokyo is a strong contender. We asked Takeda Tsunekazu, president of the Tokyo Olympic bid, to share his thoughts on the prospects for a second Tokyo Games and on sports as a human pursuit.

How to Fix Japanese JūdōSakai Kazunari

Japan brought home 38 medals from this year’s London Olympics—a new record. Amid the celebrations, however, was a matter of some concern: The gold medal count in men’s jūdō was a disappointing zero. The women fared only slightly better, with just one gold medal, won by Matsumoto Kaori in the 57-kilogram weight division. Recent rule changes have abolished the kōka score,(*) and directly grabbing…

Capitalizing on Japan’s Success at the London OlympicsNinomiya Seijun

The London Olympics came to an end on August 12. Japan’s athletes won a record 38 medals in 13 different events. Sports journalist Ninomiya Seijun analyses the results and the implications for Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.

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