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Shinzo Abe Government Sets Tokyo’s Bid to Host Olympics a National Strategy


Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made a preliminary decision to attend the IOC Executive Board to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in early September, Kyodo News Agency reported on August 1. The conference would choose the host city of 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Fumio Kishida, together with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was also expected to attend the conference, would make final efforts for Tokyo’s Bid to host Olympics.

It is reported that Shinzo Abe government will set Tokyo’s bid to host Olympics a national strategy. Besides Abe and Kishida, other cabinet ministers are also considering attending the conference. Japan hoped that the government would unite together to stage diplomatic activities with IOC members with rights to vote so that Tokyo would be successful in the bid eventually.

When making the presentation on bidding for Olympics in Switzerland on July 3, Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō attended the meeting as the government representative and emphasized the financial guarantee provided by the country and the good public order in Tokyo.

IOC Executive Board would hold the opening ceremony at evening on September 6 Buenos Aires time, and the applicant countries would make the final statements in the next day morning and the IOC Executive Board members would vote for the host city at afternoon.

Kishida would propagandize “comfortable and safe Tokyo” to IOC members during this trip. G20 summit meeting would be held in Russia from September 5 to September 6, Abe intended to leave for Argentina at halfway through the meeting, and made a speech and called for support to Tokyo’s Bid to host Olympics.

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