Tokyo 2016 Gets More Backing

Japan’s House of Councillors Wednesday passed a major resolution of support for Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games a day after Japan’s House of Representatives affirmed its support.

According to a press release the move means that Tokyo 2016 has received the unconditional support of both of Japan’s democratic houses of Parliament, upper and lower.

Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo said, “a plenary session of the House of Councillors today approved a resolution also passed by the House of Representatives yesterday to vigorously promote the Tokyo 2016 bid and guarantee all necessary preparations. With the resolution having passed both houses of Parliament we have a full framework of national support for the bid, placing us one step closer to the goal of bringing the Games to Tokyo”.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “the backing of the upper and lower Houses of Parliament in Japan offers the Olympic and Paralympic Family the complete assurance of passionate support and full guarantees for Tokyo 2016. We recognize the unparalleled power of the Olympic Movement as a force for good throughout the world”.