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Japan has bigger plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games than just world-class athletic competition


IF ALL GOES to according to plan, visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be awestruck before the sporting contests even begin. Attendees will be shuttled around the city by self- driving taxis. They’ll enter a newly built national stadium with the swipe of a pass, get verified by facial recognition software and be guided to their seats in one of 10 languages on a smartphone app. They may gaze up at the night sky from anywhere in Tokyo to see an artificial meteor shower show unfolding 50 miles above their heads.

THE STARTING PISTOL: Japanese torchbearers of the 1964 Olympic flame relay team run through the rain on their way to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, The ’64 Games helped Japan re-emerge as a global technologyleader.
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