30 August 2012 – As London 2012 Paralympic Games Open, Japanese Media are On-Site to Fulfil Japan’s Appetite for News
As the largest ever Paralympic Games open in London,spectators and members of the media from around the world have gathered to witness elitelevel sporting events. Japan’s passion for sports is strong, and thanks to an exceptional representation of Japanese media in London, print, broadcast and online coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games will be widespread in Japan and beyond. In fact, 257 individuals representing 39 Japanese media outlets are accredited to cover the Paralympic Games.
“Many are saying that the London 2012 Paralympic Games are the biggest ever,” said Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President, “I can tell you that the Japanese press corps assembled here in London is the biggest ever.
No other country has as many media to cover the excitement of the Paralympic Games as Japan has. Up-to-the-minute Japanese media coverage of the Games will keep our nation’s sports fans satisfied.”
Team Japan also is hoping to bring home medals, having fielded 134 athletes across 17 events. On 29 August, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government officially opened the doors of Japan House, a meeting point presenting Japanese culture and the latest information related to the Japanese Paralympic Team in London. Located in the Hotel Novotel London ExCeL, the facility is a hospitality area for Team Japan supporters. Uniforms, athlete photos, results and information regarding Team Japan are on display. Japan House is free and open to the public every day during the Paralympic Games, 09h00 – 21h00, 29 August – 9 September.
Representatives from Tokyo 2020, official participants in the IOC Observer Programme, will spend the next two weeks in London engaging with members of LOCOG and the rest of the Olympic Family to gain insight on how to further enrich the Tokyo 2020 Games Plan.
Tokyo 2020 is working alongside the Japan Paralympic Committee to ensure that the 2020 Bid Plan provides convenient, accessible and comfortable venues for all Paralympians and spectators of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Additionally, in March 2012 Tokyo announced a new strategy for promoting sports for the disabled, a testament to the city’s dedication to furthering this cause and raising awareness of Paralympic sports.
The Tokyo 2020 Games promise not only both to advance sports for people with disabilities but also help these people integrate more deeply into society.
Massive fireworks at London Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony / Photo: STAND/Shugo TAKEMI
Japanese Team led by flag-bearer and swimmer Keiichi Kimura /
Photo: STAND/Shugo TAKEMI
While in London for the Paralympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 delegation will observe and listen in their
mission to perfect the Tokyo 2020 Bid Plan / Photo: Tokyo 2020