On 7 September 2013, Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics after the members of International Olympic Committee voted to select the host city from Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul.
As Tokyo celebrates its win, opinion leaders on Twitter are sharing their hopes for improvements in the city.
Nobuyuki Sato, a communications director and author of a dozen books who has more than 70,000 followers, emphasized the bright side of hosting the Olympics/Paralympics:
— さとなお (@satonao310) September 7, 2013
Having common deadline and goal will unite and strengthen Japanese. I think that hosting Olympics/Paralympics in Tokyo will accelerate the recovery of disaster-stricken Tohoku regions, and various issues at hand will get better. At the same time, there are negative words and plenty of worrying matters, yet it's been decided. Let's together work to do our best.
Social analytics show that online conversations on Olympics suddenly exploded among Japanese, while conversations on Paralympics also increased but were relatively smaller in number.Although it's smaller in number, people voiced their hope for a more accessible city resulting from Tokyo being named as 2020 Olympics/Paralympics host. German literature translator and peace advocate Kayoko Ikeda, who resides in Tokyo, listed her wishes:
— 池田香代子 (@ikeda_kayoko) September 7, 2013
I really wish that after seven years: every corner in Tokyo implements universal design [barrier-free, accessible for all people]; ubiquitous WiFi connection, and telegraph poles vanish; Tsukiji market [the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world] is filled with smiles by foreigners visiting from around the world; Tokyo, Haneda and Narita airport become more accessible; hate speech vanishes; tsunami-stricken regions recover; the nuclear power plant accident is fully handled; and no nuke plant is online and we switch to renewable energy.
Game designer and translator Shin Okada also voiced his hope for more accessibility for the aging society:
— 岡田伸 (@AsobininNoShin) September 7, 2013
By hosting the Olympics and Paralympics, I hope that the city and public transportation will improve accessibility of its facilities, towards universal design. My mom will be in her mid-eighties in 2020, so I sincerely hope that facilities are fully accessible for elderly with walking difficulty.