Role of the host city: the Tokyo Metropolis
With Tokyo having been selected as the host city for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is providing full-scale support for preparations for the event, which is being conducted by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (hereinafter referred to as "the organising committee"). The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will also strive to maintain the regular functions of the city during the Games, and to pass on a lasting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the next generation.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to achieve the "Best Games in the history of the world". In order to achieve this goal, we are engaged in numerous efforts to improve the functionality and safety of the city. The measures include the construction of new and permanent facilities as competition venues, the development of the existing transport infrastructure, which is essential to the smooth operation of the event, and the improvement of accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is making steady progress with the necessary preparations for the Games. For example, we are recruiting, training, and managing volunteers who will support visitors during the Games, promoting multilingual signs, and supporting the process of selecting the pre-Games training locations.
We are also collaborating and cooperating with the organising committee in building up excitement and anticipation before the Games, and implementing cultural and educational programmes.
The Long-Term Vision for Tokyo
In December 2014, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government developed a long-term vision to develop Tokyo into "the world's best city." This long-term vision contains fundamental objectives, policy agenda, and specific policy development, and it also specifies a plan to be implemented over the next three years.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s long-term vision provides overriding guidelines for establishing a system which will enable the continuous development of a mature society. It specifies various measures to assure the success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a lasting legacy of the Games. It also shows ways to tackle and solve various issues which the city is currently facing.
The following two basic objectives are set to achieve the future vision of Tokyo, as “the world's best city”:
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Achieving the best Olympic and Paralympic Games in history
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Solving current problems and achieving sustainable development for the future of Tokyo
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The organising committee is conducting preparations and overseeing the overall management of the Games, by playing a central role in the "All-Japan" structure, which is formed by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), the Japanese Para-Sports Association, the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, the business community, and any other relevant organisations.
The committee is proceeding with the preparations for the Games. The role of the organising committee includes building temporary facilities; operating the Games, including the opening ceremony; providing necessary services; establishing an operational plan for transportation; recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; setting up information signs in multiple languages; and coordinating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) , International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the sponsors.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and JOC co-founded the organising committee, as a general incorporated foundation, on the 24th of January, 2014. The body became a public interest incorporated foundation on the 1st of January 2015.