KEYNOTE EVENT | Tokyo Back-to-Business Program Series 2019
As the Reiwa era dawns, Japan embraces the opportunity to reflect on its past and consider its future. Historical comparisons will likely continue into next year when Tokyo will host the summer Olympics, evoking the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and their legacy.
The successful 1964 Tokyo Games, a coming-out party for post-war Japan, gave rise to the phrase "Olympic economy." Their more tangible legacies include the Tokaido Shinkansen, now a preeminent high-speed rail network, and event facilities such as the iconic and popular Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built with a then-unprecedented roof structure.
Today, nearly 60 years after Tokyo hosted its first Olympic games, the world faces new challenges. Yet opportunities to advance and create legacies remain. We are pleased to conclude our program with speakers Masato Mizuno and Kuniko Obinata, who will explore what it takes to create a legacy and beyond that, the meaning and societal benefits that flow from stretching to achieve new goals.
Masato Mizuno, Chairman of Mizuno Corporation and Ex-CEO of Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee
Kuniko Obinata,Paralympic gold medalist and Vice President, Paralympians Association of Japan