National Government Backs Tokyo 2020

The national Government of Japan has officially backed Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for the bid as a means of promoting the development of sport for citizens across the country, regardless of age, gender or ability.

Tokyo 2020 President and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said, “today’s declaration of support from the Cabinet constitutes another major piece in the jigsaw and ensures that we will receive widespread support from both the public and private sectors as we strive to bring the Games to Tokyo in 2020”.

The House of Representatives and the House of Councillors passed resolutions last week to support Tokyo’s bid.

Last month the bid committee launched the Tokyo 2020 Council, a “premium” advisory board of 64 members from the government, including Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda who serves as Supreme Advisor, and leading figures from Japan’s business and sporting communities.