On September 17, 2016, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city of Tokyo, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), and the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC), the four entities that manage and operate the TOKYO 2020 JAPAN House, held a reception at the TOKYO 2020 JAPAN HOUSE in Rio de Janeiro. The reception began at 12:30 (local time, Rio de Janeiro).
The reception commenced with speeches by Olympic/Paralympic event organizers Mitsunori Torihara, chairman of the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) and Japanese Para-Sports Association, and Yuriko Koike, the governor of the city of Tokyo. The floor was then handed over to Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), who spoke on behalf of the guests.
The traditional breaking of a sake cast was then held. Rio 2016 Paralympic medalists (Sae Tsuji (track & field), Takuro Yamada (swimming), and Satoshi Saida (wheelchair tennis)), and other guests participated in the event. The toast was given by Toshiro Muto, director general of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There were 484 visitors on this day to the TOKYO 2020 JAPAN HOUSE, who came to view the exhibits. The reception helped to further deepen the organizers' commitment towards the ultimate success of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Gamesthe closing ceremony will be on September 19 (the day after the reception)and the hosting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games four years from now.