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So Tokyo have won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. OMEDETOU GOZAIMASU – Congratulations.

It brings back memories for me of when London won the bid (for the 2012 Games). On 6th July 2005 when that was announced, I was in London on my JET Programme pre-departure orientation course before setting off to Japan. And in July 2001 I was in Hong Kong and bought some commemorative stamps to look toward to the 2008 games in Beijing.

I happened to be in Tokyo during the 2002 World Cup. Japan will put on a brilliantly organised and excellently managed Olympic Games for sure. Let’s enjoy!