September 26, 2013,09:05 +0900(JST) Tokyo Wins Bid to Host Olympic and Paralympic Games
Congratulations on Tokyo being selected as the host city of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
When the Olympic Games were held in Tokyo in 1964, I was a sophomore and belonged to the athletics club at my university. Since one of my seniors was a board member of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, I participated in the event as a volunteer, which enabled me to directly and closely watch Japanese athletes demonstrating excellent performances among top-notch athletes from foreign countries at the National Stadium. In those days, the Olympic Games made me keenly feel that Japan was developing into a great economic nation, and moved me very strongly. I still remember that I felt proud that Japanese people dedicated themselves to reconstruction of the country after their defeat in the Second World War.
I suppose that in striving for a successful second Olympic Games in Tokyo, a countless number of difficulties await all those concerned. It is said that history repeats itself. I hope that the games will present dreams, hope, and confidence for young people who have not experienced success. I also hope that the event will serve as a precious opportunity to demonstrate to the world the potential, the presence, and the leadership of Japan, a country of peace.
What acts as the cornerstone for linking people's current upward sentiments to national strength is us as an industrial society. I believe that to steadily stimulate the Japanese economy and promote growth, it is essential for each member of industrial society to make sincere continual efforts to obtain the desired achievements.