In Olympics-Heavy Policy Speech, Japan PM Says Games Mark New Era For Nation | 1/19/2020 | Staff
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Six months before the Tokyo Olympics open, the Games are already inescapable in Japan – including dominating Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy speech to parliament on Monday.

Normally a staid set piece laying out national policy, Abe this time began with an impassioned evocation of the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1964 – proudly viewed as marking Japan’s return to the world stage after its defeat in World War Two.

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“The first-ever live broadcast of an Olympics. As the entire world watched, the final runner entered the National Stadium, Olympic torch in hand,” Abe said.

“It was a 19-year-old youth from Hiroshima, born on the day the atomic bomb fell, and his dynamic running showed that our nation had fully recovered from being flattened by bombings and, full of confidence and pride, proclaimed to the world Japan was embarking on an era of rapid growth.”

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In a speech that mentioned the Olympics and Paralympics by name more than a dozen times, Abe said this year’s Games will do the same thing for a nation he said was written off after a long period of economic stagnation.

“This will bring all the people of Japan together to walk forward together into a new age,” he said.


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