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Estimated 800,000 welcome Japan’s Paralympic medallists

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on Tokyo’s streets to welcome the 87 Japanese Olympic and Paralympic medallists. 10 Oct 2016
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An estimated 800,000 people took Tokyo’s streets to welcome the 87 Japanese Olympic and Paralympic medallists from Rio 2016.

An estimated 800,000 people took Tokyo’s streets to welcome the 87 Japanese Olympic and Paralympic medallists from Rio 2016.

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By Tokyo 2020

An estimated 800,000 people took Tokyo’s streets on 7 October to welcome the 87 Japanese Olympic and Paralympic medallists from Rio 2016.

The medal-winners paraded on open-top buses through the city centre, waving to the cheering crowd and thanking them for their support.

The parade covered 2.5 kilometres from the Ginza district, Tokyo’s world-famous shopping and dining area featuring trendy boutiques and world-class restaurants, to the traditional Nihonbashi district, the historical centre of Tokyo with its fascinating mix of centuries-old establishments and cultural landmarks.

Japan sealed 41 medals at August’s Olympic Games -12 golds, 8 silvers and 21 bronzes- and 24 at September’s Paralympic Games -10 silvers and 14 bronzes-.

This celebration built more excitement amongst Japanese people ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.