Posts Tagged With: Buenos Aires

Tokyo The Favorite in Vote for 2020 Olympics

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A journalist silhouette is seen during a press conference of Japanese Olympic medallists and former athletes to promote Tokyo for 2020 Olympic games on September 5, 2013 in Buenos Aires. Fears over radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and fall-out from the bloody civil war in Syria are hanging over Tokyo and Istanbul's attempts to host the 2020 Olympics, amid suggestions that third candidate city Madrid could benefit.

A journalist silhouette is seen during a press conference of Japanese Olympic medallists and former athletes to promote Tokyo for 2020 Olympic games on September 5, 2013 in Buenos Aires. Fears over radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and fall-out from the bloody civil war in Syria are hanging over Tokyo and Istanbul‘s attempts to host the 2020 Olympics, amid suggestions that third candidate city Madrid could benefit.

The International Olympics Committee will hold a vote in Buenos Aires on Friday to decide the host of the 2020 Olympics. According to oddschecker.com, a site that gathers odds from Internet betting sites, Tokyo bests its competitors at 11-10 (meaning a successful bet of $10 will return $11 plus the original stake). Madrid follows at 11-4 and Istanbul 5-1.

Throughout the past week, the three cities’ delegations have had to face questions on their preparedness and ability to host the summer games. Istanbul has been queried about recent anti-government riots and possible fallout of the war in Syria; Madrid on its struggle with rampant unemployment; and concern has been raised over possible radiation in Tokyo from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

The winning city can expect a $500 million boost to the local economy.

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Where to eat: Mi Choripan for delicious choripán

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Mi Choripan

Anyone who’s visited Argentina should be familiar with choripán, those gut-busting sandwiches of chorizo sausage topped with chimchurri sauce, vegetables and other condiments. This South American street food staple makes its Tokyo debut at Mi Choripan, a garish decorated new eatery that aims to bring the spirit of Buenos Aires to Yoyogi-Uehara. The shop’s Japanese owner learned the art of sausage-making in Argentina, so expect authentic flavours and hearty portions – just the way it should be. For when you feel like eating something other than Japanese for a change.

Details

Address 

2-4-8 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Yoyogi-Uehara Station (Chiyoda, Odakyu lines)

Telephone 03 5790 9300

Open Daily 11am-6pm / Closed Tue, 2nd & 3rd Mon (except holidays)

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Tokyo Public Servants Tango to Buenos Aires for Olympic Bid

It’s a bit late for summer vacations, but a group of Tokyo civil servants has booked tickets to Buenos Aires to cheer on thecity’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics–paid for by themselves and with donations from colleagues, and using their own holiday time.

About 40-50 Tokyo Metropolitan Government employees plan to depart Wednesday or Thursday ahead of the Sept. 7 International Olympic Committee’s announcement of the winning city, according to a metropolitan government official.

The Tokyo workers will take six or seven days of annual leave time and travel on packages offered by three travel agencies. The packages will cost between ¥230,000 ($2,300) and ¥280,000, all inclusive. How much each participant will put toward their own expenses beyond donations from colleagues wasn’t clear, the official said.

The metro government’s sports bureau asked each other bureau to put forward one or two staff members to join the tour, although it wasn’t mandatory. If no applicants were forthcoming from the bureaus, workers in the general affair bureau would go instead.

Whether the whole effort will achieve its intended purpose is uncertain. The travelers are separate from Tokyo’s official Olympic bid team, meaning they won’t be able to enter the venue of the IOC announcement. Rather, they will have to watch the final presentations by the three candidate cites–Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo–and the final ballot count via a public screen.

Four years ago, a group of metro employees made a similar trek to Copenhagen to support Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 games. But the final voting results failed to appear on the outdoor screen. That left the metro workers to find out Tokyo had lost via phone calls and e-mails from colleagues back home.

That trip was known as the “bullet tour” because of its relatively modest cost (¥80,000) and extremely tight schedule–four days of travel including flights, with only two days and one nights actually in Denmark.

This time, however, the itinerary should be more relaxed, with more downtime for the would-be cheerleaders.

“They aren’t on official duty,” the metro government official said, adding that some of the applicants seemed to look upon the trip as belated summer vacation. Other than activities related to the Olympic decision, “they can enjoy watching tango in Buenos Aires,” he said.

 

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