The 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics have long since passed, but some are trying to keep the legacy alive.

One such individual is Soichiro Yoshida. As chairman of the committee in charge of bidding to host the 1998 games, Yoshida was involved from 1988 in trying to lure the Olympics to Nagano.

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