Tokyo's rocky Olympic relationship

The Welcome Area of the Japan Olympic Museum is free for visitors to enter.
The Welcome Area of the Japan Olympic Museum is free for visitors to enter. PHOTO: RONAN O'CONNELL
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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be facing a giant obstacle in the form of the coronavirus contagion, but as the city's new Japan Olympic Museum reveals, the country's relationship with this world sporting event has always been complicated.

The Japan Olympic Museum (japan-olympicmuseum.jp/en) explains the controversy of the 1940 Tokyo Olympics cancellation and how hosting the 1964 Olympics rescued Japan's global reputation after World War II.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline Tokyo's rocky Olympic relationship. Subscribe