Starting today together with Yahoo! JAPAN and GREE, Tokyo 2020 will launch an engaging campaign to enable athletes, celebrities, professors, sports fans and members of the public, particularly today's highly interconnected youth, to share their hopes and passion for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. The messages will be shared on a dedicated online portal that will be jointly managed by Yahoo! JAPAN and GREE, and displayed in media advertisements, subway stations and other communication channels.
Yahoo! JAPAN President and CEO Manabu Miyasaka said: "Yahoo! JAPAN will fully support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid as Problem Solving Engine. Under our slogan 'what can the Internet do for Japan,' we look forward to continue providing a unique service that enables people to share and express their passion for the Olympics and Paralympics.
By leveraging the Internet's unique interactive capabilities, we intend to unite people's passion for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yahoo! JAPAN is committed to creating an exciting and engaging communication environment for all sports fans."
GREE Founder and CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka said: "Hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo would bring a major boost to Japan's economy and industry, but not only that: it would give people in Japan a new dream and a renewed sense of optimism, and provide an arena for showcasing Japan's cultural and technological strengths to the world. At GREE we are firm believers in the values guiding the Olympic Movement, which reaches beyond borders and cultural differences to bring people around the world together in peace. We're excited to be working with the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee and Yahoo! JAPAN to bring the Games to Tokyo and play our part in making this vision a reality."
Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: "I am delighted to introduce Yahoo! JAPAN and GREE, two of Japan's information technology giants. Their enlistment as Official Bid Partners underscores the Japanese business community's strong desire to contribute its knowhow, technologies and creativity toward a fantastic Tokyo 2020. I look forward to working closely with our current and future Partners who share our enthusiasm for hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Yahoo! JAPAN and GREE will work alongside existing Tokyo 2020 Official Bid Partners to actively support the Tokyo 2020 campaign over the next 9 months. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games by vote during the 125th IOC Session on 7 September 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
From left to right: Yahoo! JAPAN President and CEO Manabu Miyasaka , IOC Member and President of both JOC and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda, three-time Olympic 55-kilogram freestyle wrestling gold medallist Saori Yoshida, and GREE Founder and CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka