Welcome to TOKYO 2020
A Testament to the Recovery from Natural Disasters
2020 is here. This summer the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Japan, the first time in 56 years. Overcoming difficult times following recent natural disasters, Japan will give thanks to the people of the world with its omotenashi, or warm hospitality.
Tokyo Will Create a Legacy of Sustainability
In 2020, all eyes will be on Tokyo as the host city of the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. Focus will not only be on the success of the games but also the initiatives undertaken by the host city, including creating a lasting legacy once the Games are over.
Enthusiasm for Sports Promotes Inclusive Society
In 1964, Tokyo hosted the second Paralympic Games, which was actually the first time that the word “paralympics” had been used. In 2020, while preparing to become the world’s first host of a second Paralympics, Japan is working to realize an inclusive society through sports.
Lithium-ion Batteries Accelerate the ET Revolution
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2019 was awarded to Japanese scientist YOSHINO Akira and two other scientists developing lithium-ion batteries for their contributions to the realization of a mobile society. Lithium-ion batteries are a technology that is greatly expected to play an important role in solving environmental problems.
Young Innovative Scientist Tackles Climate Change
Inventor of a suitcase-shaped device that collects CO2 from the atmosphere, 19-year-old Japanese scientist MURAKI Kazumi’s ambition is to research ways to stem global warming and generate energy from CO2
Protect the “Singing Sands” from Ocean Waste
—Visit Kyotango and save a beach of pure white sand and the “Singing Sands”—
Quality Work on Port Construction Opens African Gateway
Japan has developed “quality infrastructure investment” in response to the pressing need to support quality growth in developing countries. A good example of this is the development of Nacala Port, the gateway to Mozambique’s inland economy.
YOUNG INNOVATORS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Brilliant Proposals from Young Students at the G20 Ministerial Meetings
Faced with pressing global problems, young people leading the future have begun to take action. Their innovative ideas offer hope for a sustainable world.
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
Removing Barriers Through Teaching the Spirit of Judo
Female Japanese coach FUJII Yuko is leading the men’s national team from judo powerhouse Brazil. Her focus is on guiding her students to Tokyo 2020 to more widely inform the world about the essentials of judo, which encompass mind, technique and body, as well as deep humanity.
Friends of Japan
Matching Hijabs and Kimono in Kyoto
Two foreign women working in Kyoto have made Japanese kimono more universal and enjoyable to wear by introducing hijabs with traditional Japanese wagara patterns
PORTRAITS OF JAPAN:
Only in Winter: Great Artwork of Nature
Sometimes the beautiful formative art created by nature far surpasses human imagination. In winter, when severe cold arrives, spectacular landscapes appear that cannot be seen in any other season.
Prime Minister in Action
Prime Minister Abe continues to actively engage in “Diplomacy That Takes a Panoramic Perspective of the World Map.” He met with numerous world leaders who attended the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden (State Hall), held on October 22. In November, he met with His Holiness Pope Francis in Japan and visited Thailand to attend the ASEAN-related Summit Meetings and held summit talks with attending leaders.