Tokyo's Appetite for 2020

March 29, 2013


With more than 10 million people, or 77% of Tokyo’s population, now in favour to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a poll commissioned recently by the Bid Committee, it has become quite clear that the hugely successful March visit to Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission stimulated the Japanese public’s strong enthusiasm to play host to the greatest celebration on earth.

Japan’s keen appetite for sports was on full display throughout the IOC Evaluation Commission visit with 946 media accredited for the event, and more than 16 hours of national coverage was reported on 156 television programmes of the flagship stations. 

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: “This very strong polling result reconfirms our citizens’ deep passion for sport, particularly the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a democracy like Japan, public support is earned through direct, continuous communication and interaction with everyday people, day by day and event by event. We now have earned the support of more than 10 million people in the city, and I am confident that it will continue to increase as momentum builds toward the 2020 Host City selection later this year.” 

BCCJ President, Nick Walters, pledged his support: "Having gained so much through hosting the 2012 Games in London, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan fully and wholeheartedly supports the Tokyo 2020 bid and we very much look forward to encouraging and assisting what is sure to be the event of a lifetime for this tremendous, unique and multifaceted city".

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