2020 summer olympics

Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics made much of plans to re-use venues built for Japan’s last Summer Games. But for Kohei Jinno, redevelopment means eviction again — just like in 1964.

While much of Japan celebrated Tokyo’s victory at the recent meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, 79-year-old Jinno was cursing his luck.

In 1964, his home and business were torn down to make way for an Olympic park around the main stadium for the Tokyo Games. Now he has been told he must move again to make way for the stadium’s redevelopment and expansion in time for 2020.


Tokyo 2020!

Congratulations to the awesome city of Tokyo, Japan for winning the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics!

Like they did with the 1964 Olympics, one can expect the people of Tokyo, and the entire nation of Japan, to produce one of the greatest Summer Olympics ever.

I spent my teenage years growing up near Tokyo — and graduating from Yokohama High School. I came to love Tokyo, Japan, the Japanese people, and their customs during my three years there….and many subsequent visits throughout my U.S. Navy years and, recently, as a private citizen.

I’ll be back, too! Many more times!

The very short video above, produced by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bid Committee, introduces people to 21st Century Japan. It’s called Is Japan Cool? My emphatic answer: YES!


                    (Congratulations to all of Japan and the people of Tokyo!)

Photos from 140 years ago show Tokyo’s skyline was amazing long before the Skytree was ever built

Photos from 140 years ago show Tokyo’s skyline was amazing long before the Skytree was ever built

Amazing how things change over time. When I think back to how Tokyo has changed, I like to imagine how Tokyo was back in the 60’s and 70’s. Can you imagine no Tokyo Tower? No Takashimaya Times Square? No other famous Tokyo landmarks? No trains? No cars or trucks?


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Akira predijo las Olimpiadas de Tokio del 2020

La película de animación Akira acertó con la predicción de los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio del 2020.

En este cartel se lee “147 días para que den comienzo las Olimpiadas”:

Akira transcurre en el año 2019 y las escenas del final sitúan la acción en el estadio olímpico que han construido para el 2020.

Esperemos que no acierte también en lo de la tercera guerra mundial y que Akira no destruya el estadio.

Aunque también acierta con el tema de la radiación, pero no por una guerra sino como consecuencia del Tsunami que nos ha dejado Fukushima recientemente.

Una animación de fans de Akira con la temática de Tokio 2020.

Fuente: KiraiNet



The U.S. Olympic Committee has notified all interested cities that it will not submit a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Chicago, New York and Dallas were among those that had expressed interest in putting forth a bid to host the Games, but any bid was contingent upon the USOC working out a long-simmering revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee.

"We haven’t had any discussions with any particular (prospective) bid cities, so I don’t know how they feel, but it just hasn’t been on our radar screen,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky told ESPN.com on Monday. "We’ve been focused on the revenue (sharing) discussions and putting together the best team possible for 2012.”

Sandusky said Monday on Twitter that “I can confirm the US will not be bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games.” He told The Associated Press the cities that had expressed interest were notified over the weekend that no bid would happen.

Countries have until Sept. 1 to submit the name of candidate cities.

"With such little time left in the process, we don’t believe we could pull together a winning bid that could serve the Olympic and Paralympic movement," Sandusky told the AP.

There also was no process in place to select a city, as there was for 2016, when Chicago beat out finalists Los Angeles and San Francisco to become the U.S. representative.

The USOC’s decision not to bid for 2020 means there will be at least a 20-year gap between Olympics in the United States. The last Games on U.S. soil were the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 and the last Summer Olympics were the Atlanta Games in 1996.

New York was, at one time, considered a favorite to host in 2012, but it lost in embarrassing fashion. Chicago finished fourth of four finalists for the 2016 Games, and that humiliating loss was viewed by many as more a reflection on the USOC’s relationship with the IOC than the city’s viability as an Olympic host.

America’s next chance to host an Olympics would be the 2022 Winter Games. Denver and the Reno/Tahoe area have expressed interest, though the USOC would put the same caveats on a bid for those games — that there would be no attempt unless the revenue-sharing deal is worked out and the relationship with the IOC improves.

h/t: ESPN.com