Tokyo Wins Bid to Host 2020 Summer Olympics
posted on by Egan Loo
The International Olympic Committee announced in Buenos Aires on Saturday that Tokyo has won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Tokyo competed with second runner-up Madrid, which was eliminated in the first vote of the day, and first runner-up Istanbul. Tokyo's bid committee had appointed Fujiko F. Fujio's famous robot cat Doraemon as a special ambassador.
The Summer Olympics were last held in Japan in 1964, the first Olympics to ever be held in Asia. Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill film takes place during preparation for the '64 Olympic Games. Color broadcasts of selected events in the Games also helped broaden the popularity of color televisions in the country.
Dax International produced Eagle Sam, a television anime series based on Sam the Eagle, the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Katsuhiro Otomo famously held part of his Akira story in the stadium built for the 2020 Olympics in Neo-Tokyo. Olympians — both fictional and real — have regularly appeared in anime over the decades.
More recently, Toyota brought Doraemon to the 2012 Olympics in one of its commercials last year. Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications aims to transition to 4k-resolution and 8k-resolution high-definition broadcasts in time for the 2020 Games.
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