Tokyo 2016 – New Metro Line, New Website

The new “ultra-efficient and environmentally friendly” Fukutoshin metro line was inaugurated Friday in front of more than 600 guests at the central Shinjuku-sanchome station, linking Tokyo’s city centre with three planned Tokyo 2016 venues – the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, Yoyogi National Stadium and Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The line began service Saturday and according to Tokyo 2016, will help minimize traffic congestion and carbon emissions in parts of inner Tokyo, as well as contributing to rapid transit for Games visitors.

According to a Tokyo 2016 press release, with 95 per cent of venues and facilities located within an eight km radius of the new Olympic Stadium at Tokyo Bay and the Olympic Village, the Tokyo 2016 Games would see the city itself become an Olympic Park, with its best hotels, restaurants, shops and cultural attractions all within easy access to visitors.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “since the introduction of the Shinkansen (bullet train) prior to the 1964 Olympic Games Tokyo has been renowned for its world-class metropolitan transport system and its vibrant atmosphere. More than 40 years later, as we look towards 2016, we are working as hard as every to enhance our transport infrastructure and are confident that with its ease of access and unique cultural offering Tokyo will be ready to host the most spectacular Games ever in 2016. The 1964 Olympic Games was not just a sporting celebration, it marked the beginning of a new Golden era in Japan. The 2016 Olympic Games would be just as powerful, providing visitors with a memorable experience and creating a lasting social, economic and environmental legacy for Japan in the 21st Century”.

Should Tokyo host the 2016 Games, the bid committee said spectators would be able to travel on all forms of public transport to Olympic events using a special pre-paid electronic card passed over a reader-a technology pioneered in Japan. Also, public transport schedules will be extended during selected periods of the Games.

Meanwhile, Tokyo 2016 launched Monday a new website available in Spanish, in addition to French, English and Japanese, which it says will be central to promoting its bid for “the most compact Games ever”.

In a press release Tokyo 2016 said its “innovative” website provides a taste of the bid’s efforts to host a media-friendly Games, with the latest news a click away and simple navigation to find informative content.

The site includes a dedicated online pressroom containing a press release archive “through to access to picture galleries”.

Dr. Kono said, “the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the greatest event in the world and it is important for us to share with the Olympic Family, sports enthusiasts and youngsters around the globe our vision for a truly unique Games at the heart of the vibrant capital city. Our new website will be Tokyo 2016’s window to unite the world and provide the perfect opportunity to share information on our Games plans that place the needs of the Olympic Family at their very core. We invite the world to unite with us and visit”