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Tokyo kicks off three-year countdown to 2020 Olympic Games

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 02:05

Group of Japanese celebrities and Olympians wear traditional Japanese clothing patterned with 2020 Games logos and dance to ''Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020'', an updated version of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games song

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VIDEO SHOWS: JAPANESE CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES TALKING AND DANCING TO THE NEW TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES SONG, "TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020"; TOKYO ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES HOLDING AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING; TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIO MORI, SPEAKING RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT. SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (JULY 24, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. JAPANESE CELEBRITIES IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CLOTHING ON STAGE, KICKING OFF THREE-YEAR COUNTDOWN EVENT FOR 2020 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES 2. SIGN ON STAGE READING (English): "TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020" 3. VARIOUS OF JAPANESE CELEBRITIES AND OLYMPIC ATHLETES DANCING TO THE NEW THEME SONG FOR THE 2020 GAMES. (FROM RIGHT TO LEFT) ATHENS 2004, BEIJING 2008 AND LONDON 2012 PARALYMPICS SHOOTING ATHLETE, AKI TAGUCHI; RIO 2016 PARALYMPICS BRONZE MEDALLIST SWIMMER, TAKURO YAMADA; RIO 2016 OLYMPICS TABLE TENNIS SILVER MEDALLIST, MAHARU YOSHIMURA; LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS SILVER MEDALLIST SOCCER PLAYER, HOMARE SAWA; JAPANESE-AMERICAN TV AND RADIO PERSONALITY, CHRIS PEPPLER; JAPANESE MODEL AND ACTRESS ANNE NAKAMURA; JAPANESE TV PERSONALITY TERRY ITO 4. VARIOUS OF DANCE INSTRUCTOR SHOWING THE DANCE MOVES 5. AUDIENCE MEMBERS SITTING 6. VARIOUS OF CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES ON STAGE, COMPARING LYRICS OF THE NEW AND OLD TOKYO GAMES SONGS 7. PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PHOTOS 8. EVENT IN PROGRESS 9. JAPANESE FAN WITH A TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC LOGO 10. CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES POSING FOR PHOTOS 11. JAPANESE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF THE TOKYO 2020 GAMES, TAMAYO MARUKAWA (LEFT), TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIO MORI (RIGHT), AND OTHERS LOOKING ON 12. TOKYO ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES HOLDING AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING 13. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIO MORI, SAYING: "There are three years to go. In three years from today, on the 24th, it will be the opening ceremony." 14. TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC LOGO ON WALL 15. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIO MORI, SAYING: "We have a wonderful song to which everyone from all around the world can dance, regardless of whether they are old, young, handicapped or foreign." 16. MEETING IN PROGRESS STORY: Tokyo kicked off a three-year countdown to the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympics on Monday (July 24) and unveiled a new theme song for the Games at an event in the city. During the event, a group of Japanese celebrities and Olympians wore traditional Japanese clothing patterned with 2020 Games logos and danced to "Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020", an updated version of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games song. It was sung in a traditional style commonly associated with summer festival songs in Japan. Tokyo will be holding other three-year countdown events on Monday, including the kick-off of a nationwide flag tour. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games also held an executive board meeting to discuss preparations for the 2020 Games.

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Tokyo kicks off three-year countdown to 2020 Olympic Games

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 02:05