We are very pleased that Tokyo has been elected as the host city of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 125th IOC (International Olympic Committee) Session in Buenos Aires.

 I believe the decision was a result of the highly lauded efforts of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee and others involved in the bid, who improved upon the plan drafted for the bid for the 2016 Games.

 Japan will be hosting the Summer Olympics and Paralympics for the first time in 56 years, the first time since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  We have high hopes it will be a history-making event for our country, as were the Olympics in 1964.

 The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology intends to provide as much support as possible while working closely with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the host city, with the Japanese Olympic Committee and others who are involved, in order to ensure the success of the Games.  Through the Olympic and Paralympic Games we hope to make great progress promoting sports and international goodwill.

September 8, 2013
Hakubun Shimomura
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology