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What Viewpoints Are Required for Creating a Better Olympic Legacy from Tokyo 2020?


As progress is being made in the preparations for hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, attention is increasingly paid to discussion of the legacy of the Games. The term ‘legacy’ refers to the long-term effects of a large-scale event, and the question of what sort of legacy should be left has been an important subject in recent Olympic Games. In the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, the legacy from the Games received unprecedented emphasis. Legacies can be created in various spheres, including the economy, society, culture, and employment. In London 2012, revitalization of East London was one of the key legacy targets, and the necessary facilities were planned and constructed with consideration of their use in the post-Olympic period as their basis. For transportation, both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ measures were implemented and some of them remain as effective legacies even today. Issues to be considered regarding the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are included in the long-term vision for Tokyo and other Olympic-related plans, and a vision is laid out for further growth of Tokyo being triggered by the Games. For Tokyo to realize these plans and create a better legacy from the Games, it will be important to refer to the approach taken in London: The legacy targets were not limited to those directly related to the Games; comprehensive policies were implemented including investment in new infrastructure and programs to encourage people to change their activities. Another point Tokyo should consider in light of London 2012 is that the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide the perfect opportunity for change and serve as the best catalyst for accelerating the realization of ongoing changes. The Olympic legacy should be ‘change’. Toward this end, it is essential to actively discuss what we desire to leave as a legacy, rather than just what we will leave.