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Naomi Kawase: Coronavirus' positive legacy must be an end to division

Art, family and optimism will see us through crisis and to Olympics

Naomi Kawase, Cannes Film Festival prizewinner and official film director for the Tokyo Games, poses for a photo on Feb. 4. (Photo by Maho Obata)

Now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed to 2021 in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Naomi Kawase, Cannes Film Festival prizewinner and official film director for the games, offers her thoughts on how we can survive the crisis and what society might look like afterward.

As preparations were underway for holding the Olympics in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, the first in Japan's capital for 56 years, I was selected to shoot the official film for the event. I began to gather information mainly through interviews with people involved in the autumn of 2018.

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