An analysis both of contemporary Tokyo and the contemporary Olympic games, emphasising the role of late-stage capitalism and political economy in shaping both.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games was mired in scandal from the beginning of the bidding process all the way through to the end of the games. This was further exacerbated by the emergency postponement to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many public opinion polls supporting further postponement or cancellation in 2021 due. That they happened at all was due largely to the force of will of the International Olympic Committee and their counterparts on the Tokyo Organising Committee. The contributors to this volume look at the Tokyo 2020 games in the context of other modern games, and the struggle to use the games as an economic stimulus. They reveal the reality of the Olympic development in Tokyo based on evidence and concrete policy analysis.

A valuable resource for scholars both of contemporary Japan and of the Olympics and other mega-events.


Miyo Aramata

1. Inter-City Competition and Social Exclusion in Global Cities: London, Tokyo, and Paris

Miyo Aramata

2. The Political Economy of Mega-events as Spectacles in the Global East

Hyun Bang Shin

3. The 1964 and 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympics: Memorandum on Aspects of Urban (Re)Development

Naoki Oshiro

4. Mega Events and Urban Socio-Economy: Urban Development through Tokyo 2020 and Osaka 2025

Ryo Koizumi

5. National Projects and their Local Consequences: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the "Symbiotic Society Host Town"

Atsushi Naruse

6. Bobsleigh Tracks, Materiality and Affect: A Note on the Olympic Legacy

Susumu Yamaguchi

7. Securitization at the Tokyo 2020 Games: The Transformation of Public Space before and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kazuaki Sugiyama


Miyo Aramata