In some ways, the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 were very similar to this year’s Olympics in Beijing. To some degree, for both countries they Olympics were seen as a coming out party to showcase the economic development of the host country. Arguably, this worked better for Japan, which had experienced remarkable economic development in the 20 years after WWII, but hadn’t yet become the economic threat it would become in the ’80s. For China, already an economic superpower, the Olympics has brought attention to serious environmental problems and political issues. Below, a commemorative medallion from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.