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Photo Exhibition: Half a Century of Tokyo -- A news agency as an eyewitness --

Tokyo is where we live and gather together. It is one of the safest and smartest cities in the world. By presenting photographs of 50 years ago and today, this photo exhibition showcases how the Japanese capital has transformed over half a century.

Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1964.
The Shinkansen bullet train system, Metropolitan Expressway and Tokyo Monorail started business ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, changing the capital's landscape along the way. Tokyo Tower was built in 1958. The 36-story Kasumigaseki Building, Japan's first skyscraper, was completed in 1968, setting the stage for modern-day Tokyo.
Half a century in Tokyo…People in their 60s and older may reminisce about their formative years. Those in their 50s will excitedly remember the Tokyo Olympics. And the young generation today hears a lot about good old days from their parents and grandparents. Half a century may convey different messages to each and every one of us but may be the longest period in which all living generations can share experiences.
After the burst of the bubble economy, Japan is said to have been in the throes of two lost decades. But over a span of half a century, you can feel Tokyo's vitality as the Japanese capital. Tokyo Skytree has replaced Tokyo Tower as a new symbol of the city. There are more than 600 20-story and taller buildings in Tokyo alone. We hope that this photo exhibition will encourage as many of you as possible to talk about Tokyo's next half century.

The photos of Tokyo have been taken by Kyodo News, Japan's leading news agency, to compare the capital 50 years ago and today. Media's role in society in this era is coming under scrutiny, and we would appreciate it very much if you could understand the role of a news agency as an eyewitness.

Kazuaki Hasegawa
Chairman
Japan Press Research Institute

Japan Press Research Institute

Established in 1947, Japan Press Research Institute is a public-interest corporation. It conducts research on the history of news agencies and newspapers and collects information about these media. It also publishes various publications such as the monthly ''Media Tembo,'' operates the News Agency Library and holds photo exhibitions and lectures to promote public understanding of news agencies.

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  • 5-16, Toranomon 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan
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