The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Olympics: Tokyo aims to follow London's Olympic lead


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.