Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP
Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP

Tokyo Olympics: ‘soft power’ play for Japan at stake as country tries to salvage pandemic Games

  • Japan bid for its second Summer Olympics to showcase itself on the world’s stage the same way the 1964 Games did after second world war
  • Now, amid a pandemic curveball and tense relations with China, the country will find it tough to pull off a soft power win under Yoshihide Suga

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP
Tokyo 2020 was originally billed as an economic coming-out party and soft power tactic from former prime minister Shinzo Abe before the pandemic changed the narrative drastically. Photo: AFP
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