Tokyo 2020 Support Rises to 77%; Toyota Joins as Official Partner

A poll commissioned by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid committee released Tuesday shows that 77% in Tokyo support Japan’s bid for the Olympic Games.

The results are based on a survey taken from March 9 to March 20, shortly following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visit to the city to conduct an evaluation. On March 5, during that trip, the IOC announced that a poll they conducted in January showed 70% support in Tokyo prefecture.

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of 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.”

Also announced today, Toyota Motor Corporation joined Tokyo 2020 as their 17th official partner.

“We are thrilled to receive the support of Toyota, one of the most globally recognised corporations,” Takeda said.

“I very much look forward to working with Toyota, as well as other future partners who share our goal of welcoming the world to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”