The 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be facing a giant obstacle in the form of the coronavirus contagion, but as the city’s new Japan Olympic Museum reveals, the country’s relationship with this world sporting event has always been complicated.

The Japan Olympic Museum (japan-olympicmuseum.jp/en) explains the controversy of the 1940 Tokyo Olympics cancellation and how hosting the 1964 Olympics rescued Japan’s global reputation after World War II.

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