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Tokyo's 1964 Olympics echo through the city's 2020 games

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By Stephen Wade

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Nostalgia time. As a 9-year old in Glasgow, 1964 was a time of great wonders. The Forth Road Bridge opened, bullet trains started in Japan, and there were TV broadcasts of the Olympics via satellite (with a very catchy tune*). I wouldn't have believed that 16 years later I got to ride those trains regularly, and swim in that pool during many lunch times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw1mgjrXZ0c
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Judo was introduced during the 1964 Summer Games in October [ ! ] and the country was humiliated when a foreigner won in the Open class.

Tanges National Stadium is a masterpiece indeed.

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"....and the country was humiliated when a foreigner won in the Open class."

There's nothing "humiliating" about doing one's best in world-class competition and winning the silver. The supremacist attitude of the Japanese toward this event reminds of the Nazis' attitude toward Jesse Owens taking the gold at the Berlin Games.

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When you’ve no clue about the background silence remains :)

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