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Tokyo 2020 commences registration for first World Press Briefing - journalists to be offered tour of tsunami-affected Tohoku region

BANGKOK, April 17, 2018 - The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) opened online registration for the first Tokyo 2020 World Press Briefing, being held during 4-7 September 2018.

The Briefing will be hosted at the Tokyo Big Sight complex, which will host the main press centre during the Games. It will include presentations of updated information on services for the press, and venue tours. The four-day event will be a good opportunity for accredited press organisations to plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.


Location:
Tokyo Big Sight
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo Japan 135-0063
http://www.bigsight.jp/english/hotel/transportation/

Schedule:
Tue. September 4
- Presentation by Tokyo 2020
- Welcome Reception (evening)

Wed. September 5
- Venue Tour (all day)

Thu. September 6
- Venue Tour (local venues, using public transportation, upon requests)

Fri. September 7
- One-on-one meetings with Tokyo 2020 functional area representatives


Following the World Press Briefing, on 8th and 9th September the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will organise a free optional media tour of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, both of which were hit by the March 2011 great earthquake and tsunami. This tour will give media organisations a chance to observe first-hand how the disaster-affected areas in Tohoku have been recovering, focusing on how the power of sport played a role in society.

Masa Takaya, Tokyo 2020 Spokesperson, commented: “Every time I visit the region, I am always impressed with the area’s recovery. People who I know in Tohoku often tell me that the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are their immediate dream, helping to give them renewed value of life in many ways. These words are really encouraging. And today, we are even more determined to deliver a successful Games, bringing the power and energy of the Games to every corner of the nation.

“Tokyo’s media tour initiative will be a great opportunity for the international press to discover how the areas are recovering and how sport and athletes have played crucial roles in the recovery efforts. Indeed, Japan’s sports communities and athletes themselves rediscovered the role of sport in society, as they have been proactively participating in those efforts for the past seven years. We hope that many WPB participants will use the additional days to visit Tohoku and learn the region’s story through a vivid demonstration of the power of sport.”


Media organisations can apply online to join the Tokyo 2020 World Press Briefing and the tour of Tohoku at:

https://goo.gl/forms/G2vFEM3DhJ1BKTde2


A more detailed and updated schedule of the World Press Briefing is available on the Tokyo 2020 extranet “Tokyo 2020 Press Operations.” Please make sure that you have access to “Tokyo 2020 Press Operations” by registering via the following link:

https://tokyo2020-extranet.secure.force.com/press

For any further information on the World Press Briefing, please contact:

pressoperations@tokyo2020.jp

For any further information on the tour of Tohoku, please contact:

S1050104@section.metro.tokyo.jp

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