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Olympics: Tokyo aims to follow London's Olympic lead

Published on Jan 10, 2013 8:39 PM
(L-R) Japanese senior vice minister for education, culture, sports, science and technology Teru Fukui, Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 president Tsunekazu Takeda, Governor of Tokyo and Tokyo 2020 Chairman Naoki Inose and Tokyo 2020 bid ambassador and four-time football Olympian and London 2012 Games silver medalist, Homare Sawa, pose during a press conference in London on Thursday to launch Tokyo's candidature file for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo is bidding to host its first Summer Olympics since the 1964 Games. The plan features a "compact" and "dynamic" Olympics based on Tokyo's financial wealth and track record in hosting international sports events. It also aims to allay fears of damage from a big earthquake or radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Tokyo took its bid to stage the 2020 Olympics to London on Thursday, with Japanese officials saying they wanted to follow the "shining example" set by last year's summer Games in the British capital.

For years Britain has been urged to follow the lead of Japan when it comes to good employer-worker relations and developing thriving technology and auto-making industries.

But when it comes to Olympics, London 2012 is now seen as the standard-bearer because of its determination to leave a lasting legacy.

So it was no surprise that Tokyo chiefs used a hotel next to the city's St Pancras railway station, a main departure point for the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, for the international launch of their 2020 campaign two days after a presentation in Japan.

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