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March 22, 2021

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

NTT's Initiatives for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
--Launching a Safe and Secure Torch Relay that Embodies the Remote World--

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partner*1, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (hereinafter, "NTT") (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Jun Sawada), will support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which will begin anew on Thursday, March 25, 2021, after a one-year postponement.

By implementing the following initiatives, NTT will contribute to the realization of the most innovative Torch Relay in history, which will enliven local communities in all 47 prefectures of Japan and allow everyone in the local community to participate safely and securely both in the real world and remote world (decentralized society) where physical distance is a prerequisite.

In conducting the relay, NTT will thoroughly implement countermeasures against novel coronavirus infection while adhering to the "Guidelines for the Control of Novel Coronavirus Infections in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay".

< Guidelines for the Control of Novel Coronavirus Infections in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay >



1. NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Statement

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to those who have been infected by the novel coronavirus and to those whose lives have been affected by its spread.

After reaffirming the importance of "connecting" and "connections" in 2020, NTT (as a Presenting Partner) has decided to newly issue its statement as follows, and will help connect the light of hope brought by the torch to all of Japan during the torch relay that will start in March 2021.

CONNECTING WITH HOPE



2. Torch Relay Initiatives that Embody the Remote World

The spread of the new coronavirus has made it difficult for people to move around and communicate face-to-face, but NTT will provide opportunities for everyone in Japan to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay safely and securely by utilizing telecommunication services.

■ "DOOR"Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay - Virtual cheering world

On March 25, NTT will establish an environment where you can experience the excitement that occurs every day during the Torch Relay along the road and the celebration events at the finish line, anytime, anywhere through DOOR (NTT's owned 3D media).

By using avatars specially created for the Tokyo 2020 event to move freely around the virtual space, you can experience the Torch Relay as if you are actually there.

Contents may partially change.

< Summary of "DOOR" Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay - Virtual cheering world >

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which will take place all over Japan, will be accessible through a virtual space called "DOOR"!

Let's all gather in this special virtual world dedicated to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and support the movement!  

 

■"DOOR" Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay - Virtual cheering world Dedicated Site  * Will be available at 3:00pm on March 25

Graphics for Virtual cheering world

Graphics for Virtual cheering world

The image is for reference only.



■Virtual cheering for Torch Relay   (Will launch on March 25!)

Provides current updates of the Torch Relay. You can also experience a special version of the NTT Experience & Exhibition Program held at the celebration site. You can also get up close and personal with the "NTT trailer" that cheers the torchbearers, and the avatar model of Kei Nishikori (NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Cheer Ambassador).


■Support Gallery   (Coming soon!)

Archives valuable records of the Torch Relay. You can, at any time, view the many famous scenes that unfold every day.


■Special Event   (Coming soon!)

2Celebrations to be held on April 13, 2021 (Osaka) and June 30, 2021 (Yokohama) will be broadcast live! Even if you live in a distant place, we can all gather together in the virtual space and enjoy the event.

With DOOR, you can move freely in the 3D space and communicate via chat and voice features.

■ The CONNECTING WITH SMILES Project for Remotely Supporting the Torchbearers

Under the current circumstances, it is not easy to get to the roadside and cheer for the torchbearers, but NTT is providing a system that allows everyone in Japan to send their smiles and encouragement to the 10,000 torchbearers.

Photos, videos, and messages posted on sites including SNS for supporting the torchbearers will be displayed on a large LED panel mounted on the NTT torchbearer support trailer, which is part of the Torch Relay convoy, to send encouragement to the torchbearers just before they begin running, and bring smiles to those on the sidelines.

< Summary of the CONNECTING WITH SMILES Project >

Summary of the CONNECTING WITH SMILES Project


< Dedicated Site >

< Application Period >
・ March 22, 2021 (Monday)-July 23, 2021 (Friday)

< Description of Post >
・ Photos, videos, and text messages of smiling faces cheering on the torchbearers

< How to Post >
・ Post Photos, videos, and text messages from SNS by affixing three hashtags (#TEAMNTT #SMILE #(Name of your prefecture))
・ Post your message using a form on the site

■ Take Torch Commemoration Photos in the Virtual World ~ Kirari! Version & Optimal Illusion Version ~

Each day at the celebration venues around the country, we will have a booth where you can experience torch kissing in a safe and secure way with the virtual Kei Nishikori (tennis player) who will not physically be there, without worrying about physical distancing.

  • Take Torch Commemoration Photos - Kirari! Version

    An ultra-realistic environment where you can torch kiss Kei Nishikori, who appears in holographic form via telecommunication technology that transmits only the image of a person, without worrying about social distancing.


    Take Torch Commemoration Photos - Kirari! Version
  • Take Torch commemoration Photos - Optical Illusion Version

    Experience torch kissing with Kei Nishikori in an environment that embodies a mysterious trick that makes a still image (that should not move) look like it has moved by projecting light that triggers optical illusions in people.


    Take Torch commemoration Photos - Optical Illusion Version

*The experience will be captured on video and presented to the participants as a gift to take home.

■ Live Streaming of Expanded Celebration Event ~ New Live Experience in the 5G Era ~

In a joint effort with The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Osaka Torch Relay Prefecture Task Force (Osaka, April 13), and the Kanagawa Torch Relay Prefecture Task Force (Kanagawa, June 30), NTT will hold expanded celebrations to mark the arrival of the daily torch relay in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture on April 13 and in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture on June 30 (two locations total for the east and west regions).

This is the only one of the many celebrations that will be streamed live online so that those who cannot physically be at the venue can celebrate the arrival of the torchbearers with us.

For the live streaming, the Osaka venue will utilize REALIVE360 technology (360° viewing via free viewpoint) that enables a new viewing experience for the 5G era, so that everyone across the country can experience the excitement of the Torch Relay and the WOW! factor through NTT's telecommunication technology.


* The details of the Yokohama venue will be announced at a later date.

NTT Presents Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration
--CONNECTING WITH HOPE - Relay the Light of Hope of Each Individual--
Osaka Venue - Implementation Outline

*The venue will take thorough measures against infectious diseases in accordance with the government's guidelines for holding events, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay coronavirus guideline of The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the host prefecture's coronavirus countermeasure guideline.

*In addition, please understand that depending on the infection status in each region, the event may change or become canceled.

* For the latest information on the event, please check the website.


  1. Event Schedule*1
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    - Stage Program: 3:00 PM Venue opens / 6:00 PM Starts / 9:00 PM Ends (schedule as of now)
    - Torchbearer Supporters Program: Held during the arrival of the torchbearers
    - Experience & Exhibition Program: 3:00 PM-8:40 PM

  2. Location
    - Osaka Expo'70 Commemorative Park (Senribanpakukoen, Suita City, Osaka 565-0826)

  3. Program  *Please check the dedicated website for details.

  < Stage Program >

 The collaboration of telecommunication technology with various artists appearing in the show will make a never-before-seen performance possible.

 * The image is for reference only.
 * To ensure physical distancing, audience seating will be limited to 50% capacity or less.

■ Performers *In alphabetical order

EXILE TETSUYA, EXILE ÜSA, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, SAMURIZE from EXILE TRIBE, Soun Takeda, Yuki Ota, etc.


 < Torchbearer Supporters Program > *2

 The fusion of telecommunication technology and art creates a new way of orchestrating the torchbearer relay.

 * The image is for reference only.


 < Experience & Exhibition Program > *2

 Various experiential programs are offered utilizing state-of-the-art telecommunication technology.

  * The image is for reference only.


 < Streaming Program >

 (1) REALIVE360 (a new live streaming experience of the 5G era)
 (About 10,000 people will be chosen via lottery)


 (2) Celebration can also be streamed via YouTube LIVE for those who were not selected in the lottery


4. Invitation to the Viewing of Stage Streaming Program & Onsite viewing*3

Invitation: Winners of the lottery will be invited to participate in the"NTT Presents Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration" event (invitation to Viewing the Stage Streaming Program of Osaka venue & Onsite viewing)
Application Period: Monday, March 22, 2021 3:00 PM-Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:00 PM
Application Requirements: For viewing the streaming: anyone can apply
For onsite viewing: People who reside in Osaka will be given priority
Application Method: Please apply through the following dedicated website.
Number of Winners: For viewing the Streaming (REALIVE360): about 10,000 people
For onsite viewing: about 2,000 people
*YouTubeLive (no lottery) is scheduled to be available.
*We also plan to stream it via YouTube Live (anyone can view without applying for it).

 

*1Please note that the performance times of the stage programs are subject to change on the day of the event.

*2Admission to the Torchbearer Supporters Program and the Experience & Exhibition Program will also be limited. For details of each venue, please check the dedicated website.

*3Notification of lottery winners is scheduled for early April.



3. Safe and Secure Daily Torch Relay Activation to Enliven Regions across Japan

While adhering to the "Guidelines for the Control of Novel Coronavirus Infections in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay" NTT will implement following initiatives to the realization of the Torch Relay which will enliven local communities in all 47 prefectures of Japan and allow everyone in the local community to participate safely and securely.

■ Activation along the Torch Relay Route

Over the course of 114 days, the Torch Relay will be conducted across the country, with torchbearers and Torch Relay vehicles forming a convoy.
NTT will be operating a technologically-advanced convoy and a lead PR vehicle that was designed based on NTT's corporate color (blue), and NTT's unique look that was also adopted for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.*2

Activation along the Torch Relay Route

*If roadside congregation is approved, various activations may be suspended in consultation with The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

■ Activations at the Celebration Venues

Activations during the daily celebrations at the finish line, at all venues (113 venues) except on the last day, will be held by utilizing NTT's unique community ties and technology.*3
*The schedule of the activations at 111 venues except Suita City, Osaka (April 13) and Yokohama City, Kanagawa (June 30) is as follows

(1) Stage Program

On the main stage, students and adults from local schools and dance schools will present dance performances as NTT's original program for 15 minutes.

After a year of postponement, during which not much activity was possible due to the coronavirus pandemic, our goal is to celebrate the arrival of the torch and bring hope and inspiration to all community residents through the performance of local dancers.

Stage Program

(2) Booths

Booths

At the booth, you can have a simulated experience of torch kissing via the most advanced telecommunication technology. The simulated experience will be filmed and presented as a gift to the participants.

In addition to the above, NTT will continue to post about daily activations and community excitement throughout the relay period on the NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay website (https://2020.ntt/en/tokyo/torch/Launch in New WIndow). Please definitely check it out.



*1 The group companies in scope are as follows.
• Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
• Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation
• Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation
• NTT Communications Corporation
• NTT DOCOMO, INC.

*2 In accordance with the instructions of The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, torch relay will not be conducted in some areas due to traffic restrictions.

*3 The content of the event may vary depending on the size of the venue, weather conditions, among other factors.

Information is current as of the date of issue of the individual press release.
Please be advised that information may be outdated after that point.