Presentation at the 125th Session of the International Olympic
September 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Mister President, distinguished members of the
It would be a tremendous honor for us to host the
Games in 2020 in Tokyo -- one of the safest cities in the world, now and in
Some may have concerns about Fukushima. Let me assure you, the
under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.
I can also say, from a new stadium that will
look like no other to confirmed financing, Tokyo 2020 will offer guaranteed
Now, I'm here today with a message that is even more
important. We in Japan are true believers in the
Olympic Movement.1 I, myself, am
just one example.
When I entered college in 1973, I began practicing
archery. Can you guess why? The year before, in Munich, archery returned as an
Olympic event after a long time.
My love of the Olympics was already
well-established. When I close my eyes vivid scenes from the
Opening Ceremony in
Tokyo in 1964 come back to me: several thousand doves, all set free at once; high up in the deep blue sky, five jet planes making the Olympic rings. All
amazing to me, only 10 years old.
We in Japan learned that sports connect the world.
And sports give an equal chance to everyone. The Olympic spirit also taught us
that legacy is not just about buildings, not even about national projects. It is
about global vision and investment in people.
So, the very next year, Japan made a volunteer
organization and began spreading the message of sports far and wide. Young
Japanese, as many as 3000, have worked as sports instructors in over
80 countries to date. And they have touched the hearts of well over a million
people through their work.
Distinguished members of the IOC, I say that
choosing Tokyo 2020 means choosing a new, powerful booster for the Olympic
Under our new plan, "Sport for Tomorrow," young
Japanese will go out into the world in even larger numbers. They will help build
schools, bring in equipment, and create sports education programs. And by the
time the Olympic torch reaches Tokyo in 2020, they will bring the joy of sports
directly to 10 million people in over 100 countries.
Choose Tokyo today and you choose a nation that is
a passionate, proud, and strong believer in the Olympic Movement. And which
strongly desires to work together with the IOC in order to make the world a
better place through the power of sport.
We are ready to work with you.
Thank you very
definition: "The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised,
universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority
of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the
values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak
with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports
festival, the Olympic Games." [Source: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/publications/teaching-legal-docs/the-olympic-charter/]
Original English (Provisional) Text Source: Official Website of
the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet at https://japan.kantei.go.jp/96_abe/statement/201309/07ioc_presentation_e.html
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the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet at https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/96_abe/statement/2013/0907ioc_presentation.html
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the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet at https://japan.kantei.go.jp/96_abe/actions/201309/07ioc_day2_e.html
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