Tokyo 2020 Delegation Praises London Games As an Inspiration for Games in Tokyo

The Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee today thanked the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) for the spectacular 2012 Summer Games, and praised Japan's athletes and citizens for demonstrating their unending passion for sport and the Olympic Movement.

Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and JOC Vice President, said: "The London Games exceeded our expectations. LOCOG and the people of London were extremely hospitable and accommodating. From the Opening Ceremony on 27 July to the Closing Ceremony on 12 August, this magnificent celebration of sport truly inspired us and made us even more enthusiastic about bringing the Games to Tokyo. Fan support for the Games in London was very impressive, and I was also delighted to hear about the immense support back home in Japan. We now will cultivate the Olympic Spirit to further leverage support for our Bid. The Japanese athletes demonstrated how the Games can unite and inspire a nation. We will do everything possible to bring the world's greatest sporting event to the heart of Tokyo, one of the world's most forward-thinking cities."

Equally impressive was Japan's outpouring of support and interest in the Games, as evidenced by extensive television coverage lasting more than 480 hours in greater Tokyo area and high viewership throughout the Games, including an audience of more than 30 million viewers (maximum viewer rating at 34 per cent at 5:33am local time, according to Video Research) who watched their beloved Japan women's football team's battle the USA for gold. The Opening Ceremony marked a 6.5 per cent rating at 4:30am local time.

The Tokyo 2020 Bid team, after participating actively in the official IOC Observer Programme and engaging in numerous exchanges with members of LOCOG and the rest of the Olympic Family, departed from London with invaluable knowledge that will be incorporated into the Tokyo 2020 Candidature File. East London's transformation, the world-class sport venues, the state-of-the-art Olympic Village, the indefatigable enthusiasm of Japanese sports fans -- these and other indelible impressions will serve to enrich the excellent Tokyo 2020 Games plan.

Tokyo 2020 will have a delegation present in London to attend and observe the Paralympic Games held between 29 August and 9 September 2012.
Japanese supporters

Japanese supporters enjoying the football final at Wembley Stadium