Balloons fly over competitors and spectators during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The event marked Japan's rise from humiliating defeat in the second world war to emerge as a major international player. Photo: AP

2020 Olympic Games crucial for future of Japan

Organisers say they will be just as significant as the 1964 event, which marked the country's emergence as a global economic power

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Balloons fly over competitors and spectators during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The event marked Japan's rise from humiliating defeat in the second world war to emerge as a major international player. Photo: AP
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