“Olympic Excitement” Event Showcases Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid
April 16, 2013
Today, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) demonstrated their support for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic bid, with a jointly sponsored kick-off event entitled “Olympic Excitement”.
Showcasing Tokyo’s Olympic offerings and commitment to a successful bid, the event provided a forum for around 100 attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities of hosting the Games. The event also addressed how Japan could build on the success and enthusiasm surrounding the recent London 2012 Olympics and implement lessons learned in its own bid.
A first of its kind collaboration between the two foreign chambers in Japan, the event followed the formal backing of Tokyo’s Olympic bid by chambers of commerce and industry from eight countries - including the ACCJ and BCCJ.
in attendance was one of the leading figures of Tokyo’s 2020 bid, Masato Mizuno, the Vice President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. In his speech, Mr. Mizuno discussed the current status of Tokyo's efforts to attract the Olympics in 2020, “Tokyo is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world. It offers an abundance of culture, cuisine, sport and spectacle. Over the past few years, Japan’s bid has continued to grow in popularity. It has garnered widespread enthusiasm in Japan and I’m delighted to see there is also such strong support from our partners and friends internationally. We are committed to making Japan’s Olympic dream a reality".
The event was also attended by special guest, Roel Louwhoff, Chief Executive Officer, BT Operate & Global Sports Technology. As a major contributor to London's 2012 delivery, Louwhoff shared his experiences and outlined some challenges and long-term benefits of mounting such a vast operation: “The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has had an incredible effect on the UK as a whole", he said. “We saw an enormous outpouring of support and positivity around the event. London continues to enjoy significant boosts in terms of business, urban regeneration, tourism and culture. Japan and the UK have much in common and I firmly believe that Tokyo, with its incredible culture, technology and hospitality, has all the elements of a fantastic 2020 Olympic city".
Tokyo's appetite for 2020 HERE
BCCJ Events Calendar HERE