Tokyo 2016 Presentation script (extracts)
2016 Bidding Cities Briefing to the IOC on 17 June 2009
Governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016, Shintaro Ishihara said:
“Why do I want the Games in Japan?
Because I deeply believe that the values of the Olympic Movement can help build a better
society, based on Excellence, Friendship, Respect, Fair Play.
Because in 1964, when I took part in the Olympic Games as head of the volunteers in the
sailing competition, I fell in love with the Games.
The Games in 1964 helped push Japan into an era of peace and economic stability. An
incredible 50 year legacy, thanks to the Olympic Movement.
In fact, for over 60 years Japan has been a committed partner, in peace with the world. Why
do I want the Games in Tokyo?
Because I know that my city can offer the best stage to host the Olympic and Paralympic
Games, in terms of safety and environment.
Climate change is a real danger that we must all face in solidarity. Tokyo has taken quick
action and developed green technologies.
My dream is that in all the cities across the planet, people can play sport in the best possible
My dream is to re-unite nature, cities, people and sport.
Why do I want the Games in 2016?
The time-li-ness of 2016 for Tokyo cannot be emphasised enough. You are about to hear an
astonishing Games concept with venues at the heart of the city.
Today, we have secured the most valuable real estate for you the Olympic Movement.
Today, we have also secured 4 billion US dollars, that is already waiting in the bank.
So the time to consider Tokyo is right; right now. We are eager to welcome the Olympic
Family to Tokyo.”
Tokyo 2016 Chair & CEO, Dr. Kono said:
“I have been involved with Olympic sport for more than two decades – primarily in sports
medicine, sports science, anti-doping and management. I also served as team doctor and
official for the Japanese delegation at 6 Olympic Games and was a WADA observer at 2
Olympic Games. Therefore, it is a great honour for me to lead this bid team.
The athletes are at the heart of the Games. They are the lifeblood of the Olympic Movement.
Every athlete dreams of performing at their peak for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tokyo can make these dreams come true.
• By offering the Olympic Movement a rock-solid plan to host the Games at the centre
of the safest, most dynamic city in the world.
• By reaching a local audience of 35 million people in Tokyo and billions across the
• By Setting the Stage for Heroes.”
President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Vice-President of Tokyo 2016,
Tsunekazu Takeda said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be presenting Tokyo’s venue plan: a very compact 8km radius
Games area, with nearly all sports in its centre. Even sports that are often far from the main
Olympic area, such as sailing, rowing, canoe/kayak and my own sport equestrian are at the
very centre of the action. Shooting is only 20km from the Olympic Village.
Our Athletes’ Commission has been instrumental in the development of our venue plan.
The Athletes’ Commission stressed that athletes need a comfortable Olympic Village in a
great location to help them perform at their best.
Tokyo 2016 Olympic Village will be the beating heart of our ultra-compact, 8km Games area
and only four minutes away from the Olympic Stadium.
Our Olympic village has been designed to offer the athletes a ‘home away from home’.
A place where they can relax, surrounded by water and greenery.
A place where, overlooking the waterfront, they will enjoy all kinds of food in the main dining
hall and in five casual dining locations, each with its own distinctive character.
A place where they can take advantage of facilities such as a four-hundred-metre athletics
track, a jogging course, a fifty metre pool, fitness facilities, a spa and relaxation room.
One of our main considerations has been to ensure traffic safety within the Village. We
came up with a unique solution: to keep foot traffic separate from vehicle traffic at ground
level we created an elevated pedestrian deck that will connect all Village facilities.
As you saw in the video, our 8km Games area is composed of two zones. They overlap at
the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Village.
The Tokyo Bay Zone, sitting on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the city, includes
the main Tokyo 2016 Games facilities, the Olympic Village, the International Broadcast
Centre, Main Press Centre and twenty competition venues including the Olympic Stadium.
The Heritage Zone reflects the legacy from 1964. It includes iconic venues such as Yoyogi
National Stadium, Kasumigaoka National Stadium and Nippon Budokan, the birthplace of
Of the twenty-three existing venues in our plan, seventeen will be upgraded with only minor
modifications. The remaining six, including the Tatsumi International swimming centre, will
Of the eleven new venues to be constructed for the Games, six are temporary and will be
either re-located or recycled after the Games; five will remain as a permanent legacy for
Based on the highly efficient existing transport system in Tokyo, all venues will be easily
An Olympic Route Network, for designated Olympic vehicles, will link all Games venues with
dedicated Olympic roads, lanes and priority-use clearways. This will ensure quick and
smooth transport for you, the members of the Olympic Family.
This efficient Olympic route network will guarantee that 70% of athletes will enjoy travel
times of less than ten minutes to their competition venues. All venues within the 8km area
will be accessible within twenty-five minutes from the Olympic Village.
And again, it is only four minutes from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium.
Just imagine, before that exciting moment of marching in during the Opening and Closing
ceremonies, the athletes and their delegations will be able to relax in exceptional conditions;
in a covered staging area right next to the Olympic Stadium, with air-conditioning,
refreshments, comfortable seating and big-screen video monitors.
For the Paralympic Games, all venues – from the Village to the IBC/MPC and of course the
competition venues – will be the same as for the Olympic Games.
Accessibility throughout the city of Tokyo is already excellent.
However, looking ahead to the Paralympic Games in 2016, Tokyo is improving accessibility
at competition venues and at public transport facilities.
As President of the JOC, I am responsible for welcoming you and the athletes of the world.
The athletes are at the heart of our Games concept.
As a former athlete myself and with my colleagues in the Athletes’ Commission, we can
promise you, we will deliver. We will set the stage for heroes.”
Tokyo 2016 Chair & CEO, Dr Kono said:
“Let me stress: Tokyo has the largest city budget in the world. The Tokyo Metropolitan
Government has an annual budget of one hundred and thirty billion US dollars. Therefore,
Tokyo offers the most secure financial foundation for the Games.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will be responsible for the completion of all Olympicrelated
venues -both temporary and permanent – at a cost of 4.3 billion US dollars.
Government–owned land has already been secured for all the new venues, including the
Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Village. So again, there will be no land acquisition cost.
The non-OCOG budget is just over four billion US dollars. About 85% of this amount is for
How will we meet the Non-OCOG budget?
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created an Olympic Host Reserve Fund. We have
successfully set aside one 1 billion US dollars per year totalling 4 billion US dollars. Let
there be no mistake. 4 billion is in the bank today.
The remainder of the non-OCOG budget is for operational costs including Games-time
security and medical services. These costs will be covered by government.
Now turning to the OCOG budget.
Our OCOG budget is just over 3.1 Billion US dollars. The largest expenditure is for Games
operations. It is about seventy percent of the total budget. The remaining 30% covers
temporary improvements to venues.
We are confident that with the IOC Contribution, ticket sales and sponsorship revenues, we
will cover the OCOG budget in full.
Our OCOG and non-OCOG budgets are conservative and realistic. There should be no
shortfall. But if there is, both the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the National
Government of Japan have guaranteed to cover any shortfall. But do not take my word for it.
Please listen to our Prime Minister:
Our Prime Minister is more than a Prime Minister. He is a member of your family, he is an
(Prime Minister video)
The world is facing a global economic and financial crisis. Nevertheless, with the guarantee
of both the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the National Government of Japan, Tokyo
2016 is totally secure.
We are ready.”
Tokyo 2016 Deputy Director General Hidetoshi Maki said:
“How many of you know that Tokyo’s city centre has a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean?
And how many of you know that Tokyo city centre also has sandy beaches and a forest by
These are all features in our plan, surprised?
Here is the map of our venues plan. Since every city is promoting a compact plan, it is
easy to think that all our maps look the same.
But have a closer look, here is a map of the greater Tokyo Metropolitan area, home to thirtyfive
million people. Here is central Tokyo, home to nine million people.
In the very centre of the venues plan, you can see Tokyo Station; the famous Ginza
shopping district; the newly developed waterfront at Odaiba Beach; and the district of
Roppongi with its fabulous culture and nightlife.
The Games in Tokyo will be truly exceptional…
Exceptional for you.
Exceptional for athletes.
Exceptional for the people of Tokyo, Japan and the world
Because, the Games will be part of city life. And city life will be part of the Games.
Athletes will be able to achieve their personal best in the best conditions possible.
Taking Security first.
Can you guess what this number represents?
It is the reported average number of robberies that took place in Tokyo per day last year. In
the largest city of the world there are less than 2 robberies a day.
Now, the number four.
Again, what does this number represent?
The number of shooting incidents in Tokyo last year. Yes, Just four.
What is our secret to securing the safety of our people and guests? The Japanese
mentality and philosophy is based on mutual respect. We also have a network of one
thousand two hundred police boxes, called koban. They are operated by one network, run
by one organisation , the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
During the Games, an Olympic Security Command Centre within this one police department
will coordinate with the OCOG and other outside organizations, to provide comprehensive
Now for transport.
Tokyo has the most extensive and efficient public transport network in the world.
So, time for another number: 24 million.
Twenty-four million people – that is the number of people who use Tokyo’s public transport
network every day.
Reliable. On time. Clean. Easy to use. This will enable us to host a stress-free Games
in the city centre:
During the Games, a simple swipe of your Games ticket or accreditation card will allow you
free unlimited use of Tokyo’s public transport system.
Of course, all competition venues will be accessible by public transport. And if you want to
see Kyoto, it will only take you about two hours via Mount Fuji, using the bullet train.
Tokyo also has 2 airports. Narita Airport will be just thirty six minutes from the city centre next
year. Haneda airport, with International capacity next year, will be just fifteen minutes from
the Olympic Village and 20 minutes from the IOC Hotel.
Now for the environment.
Tokyo is implementing an innovative green policy. For example, Tokyo has committed to
double the number of roadside trees to one million by 2016.
Under the initiative of the great architect Tadao Ando, in Tokyo Bay we are already planting a
forest on an island reclaimed from the sea.
Last but not least, accommodation.
There are one hundred and thirty thousand hotel rooms within 50km of the Games centre.
Almost two-thirds of them are within 10km.
45,000 rooms, already secured to meet the needs of the Olympic Family, are at the very
heart of the Games, and still leave ample capacity for spectators. We have chosen the three
most distinguished hotels. Each International Federation will have its own hotel near its
competition venue. World-leading hotels have also been secured for NOCs, their guests,
TOP and OCOG Sponsors.
For media, we have secured nearly 20,000 rooms in the city. These will be linked to the
IBC/MPC by shuttle buses operating 24 hours a day.
Price controls have been established for all Games hotels. There will be no minimum stay
And now the final number 80,9. This is the percentage of our national support. 80,9% of all
Japanese support the Games in 2016 – based on the most recent poll right after the IOC
Evaluation Commission visit. It means over 100 million Japanese will welcome the Olympic
Family and the Games.
Now for technology. Japan will use its high technology to improve the Games-time
experience for spectators and viewers alike. For example at major train stations, a simple
swipe of your competition ticket or Games accreditation card at a “digital signage” screen,
will bring up your event schedule, suggest a route, and tell you how long it will take you to
arrive at the competition venue.
And finally the market value. By awarding Tokyo the Games in 2016, you could potentially
reach an audience of 3 billion prime time TV viewers across Asia and Oceania, the world’s
fastest growing and a-ffluent market.
With a possible 3 billion prime-time TV audience and a potential of 35 million local spectators,
the Tokyo 2016 Games guarantee to be an incredible brand-building opportunity for the
We are ready.”
Chair of the Tokyo 2016 Athletes’ Commission and bronze medallist in synchronized
swimming at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Mikako Kotani said:
“Now, our team has worked hard to minimize risk factors in Tokyo’s financial, infrastructure
and security plans. One challenge we do face, is the perception that it is difficult to
communicate in Japan. Well, not anymore.
Tokyo is Japan’s cosmopolitan centre. The world comes to Tokyo; the greater metropolitan
area has more than 800,000 international residents from nearly 180 countries. Language
barriers are getting lower all the time.
You will always find a friendly face in Tokyo, someone ready to help you. Our passion is to
provide you with the best hospitality.
This passion and commitment has helped Japan successfully host so many international
sports events, world cups and championships in the last ten years. Very few cities if any
have this level of experience.
Hosting a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games is not something that can be achieved
by any one person. It requires a team of committed and professional organizers, the
dedication of many volunteers, and the passion of a full stadium.
Standing at the centre of a stadium filled with cheering spectators, this is when athletes
achieve their best performances.
Let me share an inspirational moment in my life. 20 years ago, I competed here in
Switzerland. The local people were really supportive. But in particular, one little boy attended
my every training session, clapping along to my music, by Carmen. On competition day I
looked to find him in the crowd. And there he was! Again, clapping and stomping his feet,
urging me to succeed. He inspired me. So when the music started, I felt a sudden surge of
As I finished my performance, I saw I got the perfect score 10 and won my first ever
international title. It was the performance of my life and I owe it to that boy and a passionate
From that day I believed that every athlete, in every sport, should have the opportunity to
perform in front of tens of thousands of similar fans on the world’s greatest stage – the
Olympic and Paralympic Games? Wouldn’t it be great!
Tokyo pledge to make this happen. We are ready to welcome the world’s best athletes.
As Chair of the Athletes’ Commission, I can promise you:Tokyo is setting the stage for
heroic performances in 2016.”
Tokyo 2016 Chair & CEO, Dr Kono concluded:
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are much more than just two weeks of sporting
excellence. They also mark the birth of a sustainable legacy.
Tokyo 2016 will be a catalyst for the world’s greatest metropolitan make-over. The Games
will help transform Tokyo and leave the Olympic Movement with an incredible legacy to
inspire future cities.
Tokyo is building a fantastic future. Finding innovative solutions to today’s needs and
tomorrow’s challenges. Our plan will propel the Olympic Movement’s evolution in the 21st
And what about our legacy for youth?
Sport is a universal language that can engage the youth from across the world. Tokyo
speaks to the youth through its unique urban culture and its cutting edge technologies; Thus
Tokyo offers the Olympic movement the ideal platform to re-unite youth with sport.
These are not just words. We have taken action.
We have created an educational program promoting the values of the Olympic movement for
Last month, as a tribute to the Olympic Movement, we launched the Jigoro Kano
International Institute for Olympism. It celebrates the first Asian IOC member, exactly one
100 years ago.
A contemporary of Baron Pierre de Courbetin, Kano inspired much of the philosophy around
sport, education and Olympism.
Kano left us a 100 year legacy and enriched Japan with Olympic values.
The Kano Institute promotes education and research; it will support the fight against doping
and engage in a global outreach programme of sport for social development and peace.
And the plans we have proposed today honour that legacy whilst offering a new 100 year
legacy for the Olympic Movement.
Japan is already connecting with youth of the world; Tokyo will be a committed partner for
the Olympic Movement and help connect future generations with sport and Olympism.
Tokyo 2016 will be your best partners. We are ready and we are waiting.”
Tokyo 2016 – Video Message from
Prime Minister and Supreme Advisor for Tokyo 2016 Taro Aso
2016 Bidding Cities Briefing to the IOC on 17 June 2009
President Rogge, members of the International Olympic Committee, my fellow
As Prime Minister of Japan, and as an Olympian who competed in Montreal in 1976, I
understand the value of the Olympic Games. My memories of participating in the
Olympic Games and making friends with athletes from around the world have inspired
me throughout my life and career.
Tokyo offers the finest stage from which to share the same inspiration I felt as a young
athlete with the youth of Japan and the world. I am proud to confirm the total
commitment of the Government of Japan to the Tokyo 2016 Games.
We will abide in full by every guarantee in the Candidature File.
We will ensure that whatever needs to be done, will be done.
Whatever needs to be built, will be built.
Whatever needs to be financed, will be financed.
This is our promise. Now, and in the years leading up to 2016.
I look forward to seeing you then.