Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images
Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images

A tale of two Tokyo Olympics: 57 years apart but one common mission?

  • In 1964, the focus was on showcasing Japan’s economic recovery and return to the international community after World War II
  • This year, Japan is seeking to rise above Covid-19 and mounting costs, and show it can safely pull off a spectacle of sporting excellence

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images
Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, during the opening ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Getty Images
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