New Poll Shows More Support For Tokyo 2016 Bid

According to a Tokyo 2016 press release an official Tokyo 2016 poll has confirmed that 70.2 per cent of the national population (more than 90 million Japanese) enthusiastically support Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, up from 62 per cent in the previous survey in December 2007. All sections of Japanese society are backing the bid, from public and private enterprise to every level of government and athletes and citizens of all ages, said the press release. “Young people are especially ardent in their support, attracted by Tokyo 2016’s proposal to host a sustainable, eco-friendly Olympic Games”.

Tokyo 2016 says the bid has been demonstrating its commitment to strengthening the Olympic movement in Japan by organizing such events as the Tokyo 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Supporters Assembly, Olympics for All, Tokyo 2016 Symposium “Get Fit Japan”, and by establishing the Tokyo 2016 Sports Supporters Squad.

Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016 said, “I feel that Japanese expectations for Tokyo 2016 are increasing day after day, especially among the younger generation. I’d like to bring home a big present from Copenhagen this October”.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 added, “this survey proves that Japan’s support for Tokyo 2016 remains exceptionally high despite the world’s economic situation. We will submit our Candidature File to the IOC by February 12, and we’re proud to have developed such an outstanding plan. But our work has just begun and we will continue to make every effort to explain the vision and concept for Tokyo 2016 to the people of Japan until the final vote is taken on October 2”.