New Council Boosts Tokyo 2020

The establishment of the Tokyo 2020 Council, an advisory board of 64 members, has boosted Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister of Japan, is the Supreme Advisor of the Council, which includes other key government figures and leaders from Japan’s business and sporting communities.

The inaugural meeting was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building Monday. All members agreed to exert their utmost efforts to provide all the necessary support and advice to Tokyo’s 2020 bid.

Tokyo 2020 President, Japanese Olympic Committee President and former Olympian Tsunekazu Takeda addressed the council expressing his gratitude to the members for supporting Tokyo’s bid. He said, “I am certain that the establishment of the council, which is comprised of so many prominent figures from Japan’s political, business and sporting communities, will send a clear message to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the whole of Japan is united in its efforts to ensure that Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games is successful”.

Takeda said that the bid committee had convened its third executive board meeting and had unanimously agreed with the appointment of the Tokyo 2020 Council.