February 22, 2017
TOKYO- The Tokyo metropolitan government will consider sharing the costs of preparing temporary facilities both in and outside the Japanese capital for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Governor Yuriko Koike saidWednesday.
The metropolitan government “will not rule out the possibility of sharing preparation costs for temporary facilities, including those of other local governments,” Koike told the metropolitan assembly.
The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee initially planned to shoulder all costs for temporary facilities that will be pulled down after the 2020 Games.
In December, however, the organizing committee proposed sharing the costs with the metropolitan government, the state and local governments that will host those facilities, an idea opposed by the local governments.
Koike said her metropolitan government will keep in close contact with the organizing committee, the state and related local governments over the cost-sharing and other issues related to the 2020 Games.
On top of preparing the temporary facilities, there will be a lot of work to be done in terms of transportation, security and other areas, Koike said.
The metropolitan government will discuss these issues seriously, while “taking the host city’s responsibility to heart,” she said.
Koike made the comments in a policy speech on the opening day of a metropolitan assembly session. (Jiji Press)
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