Revisiting Time at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

An exhibition in London is to include four pieces of Seiko technology used at the Games.

LONDON — A mere one-hundredth of a second can mean the difference between winning Olympic gold or settling for silver: Just ask the swimming medalists Michael Phelps or Dara Torres.

The ability to track time to that degree had roots in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when Seiko was the official timekeeper of the Games. And while athletes will strive to beat the clock in Tokyo again this summer, visitors to Japan House, a cultural center on Kensington High Street in London, can soon see some of Seiko’s groundbreaking technology in the exhibition Tokyo 1964: Designing

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