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News photo exhibition reflects on 1964 Olympics and key episodes

Yoshinori Sakai, the final runner in the torch relay, lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Oct. 10, 1964. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A photo exhibition showcasing the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and major domestic and international events at the time, as well as selected photos of present-day Japan, will open on Sunday in the run-up to next year's Olympiad.

    The exhibition at Tokyo International Forum features about 130 photos of Olympics and Paralympics games as well as key episodes that helped shape the world in the early 1960s.

    These photos include shots of the old and new national stadiums, weightlifter Yoshinobu Miyake as the first Japanese gold medal winner in the 1964 Games, and spectators watching the marathon from the back of a truck, as well as pictures of old and present-day Ginza and Shinjuku districts.

    The nonprofit Japan Press Research Institute is staging the photo exhibition through Dec. 25 under the theme of "Passion, Olympics and 1964."

    "The year 1964 represented a mixture of new and old Japan," Yutaka Nishizawa, chairman of the institute, says in his greetings. "If the year 1964 was described as being a swell of momentum, maturity may be the motif of 2020."

    Kyodo News has assisted the institute in the photo exhibition project.

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