Tokyo 2020, Japan's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is focused on continuing to build excitement and support for the bid and Tokyo's commitment to deliver a dynamic celebration in the heart of the world's most forward-thinking city.
COUNTDOWN CLOCK AT SHIBUYA STATION. Ryota Murata, who won his country’s first boxing gold medal in 48 years in the men’s middleweight boxing at London Games, and Takayuki Suzuki, Paralympic swimmer who won two bronze medals in London, inaugurated a giant countdown clock at the famous train station in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. (11 November 2012)
CELEBRATION IN MITAKA. Ryota Murata also joined an event in Tokyo's Mitaka city with Satoshi Shimizu, who brought home a bronze medal in Men's boxing (bantam division) from the London 2012 Games. (11 November 2012 / Photo: Mitaka City)
Tokyo 2020 EVENT IN KOTO. Mika Sugimoto, who took silver in Judo (+78kg) in London, Hiromi Miyake, silver medallist of women's weightlifting 48-kilogram division, and Mami Sato, who competed in the London Paralympic Games' Long Jump competition (T42/44), attended a Tokyo 2020 support event which attracted more than 2,000 people from Tokyo’s Koto district. (12 November 2012 / Photo: Koto District)
DRESSING THE TOKYO SUBWAY. The Toei Oedo subway line has installed stickers and posters featuring the Tokyo 2020 bid emblem throughout 38 stations and Toei Oedo subway trains. Ayaka Ide, 23, (shown above) was among the first passengers to discover the signage. She said: “It will be great if Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Last year because of the earthquake and tsunami, there weren’t too many events, so hosting the Games will build excitement again. I definitely want to see the competitions live with my very own eyes!” The Oedo line is integral to Tokyo 2020’s plan, as it will provide service to the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Village and the boxing venue. The Tokyo 2020 bid emblem symbolises the world united as one, the aspirations behind the dream of bringing the 2020 Games to Tokyo, and the hosting of a global festival dedicated to sport, culture and world peace. (13 November 2012)