Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Saturday, January 20, 2018

Headline

Tokyo excited to be in race for hosting 2020 Olympics

The IOC will select a host city in Buenos Aires Sep 7, 2013

Share on Facebook May 29, 2012, Reporter : Big News Network.com , Reader : 395

news

The Tokyo city government is excited about the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick the Japanese capital as one of the three candidate cities for hosting the 2020 summer Olympic Games.


Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul moved to the final stage of the selection process after their bid plans gained the nod from the IOC Executive Board Wednesday evening in Quebec City in Canada.

"Today, we took another new step forward in the 2020 bidding journey. The whole of Japan should be united to achieve our goal to host the 2020 Games," said governor Shintaro Ishihara Thursday.

The three short-listed cities, along with Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, and Doha, capital of Qatar, were the five cities bidding for hosting the 2020 Games. Rome withdrew its bid in February due to Italy's financial crisis.

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said: "The biggest challenge for us now is to let more Japanese people know that we are bidding for the 2020 Games, and we should communicate with the public about what kind of Olympics they want."

Tokyo is bidding to host an Olympics for the first time since the 1964 edition, the only Summer Games Japan has held so far. The Tokyo 2020 bid committee submitted its application in February, as part of a plan to revitalize Japan following the March 11, 2011 devastation caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Tokyo had received surprisingly low public support for its bid compared with the four other cities when they submitted the bid files to the IOC.

Public support for Tokyo's bid was the lowest at 65.2 percent, while Baku had the most public support at 90 percent, followed by Istanbul at 87.1 percent.

The IOC will select a host city in Buenos Aires Sep 7, 2013. 

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos Japanese police recover more dead bodies from capsized boat

TOKYO, Japan - On Tuesday, the Japanese police recovered seven bodies from a wooden boat, with indications that the boat likely came...

Photos Panasonic develops two-passenger automatic driving vehicle

Fukui [Japan], December 8. (ANI): Japanese electronic giant Panasonic has developed a two-passenger compact vehicle equipped with its...

Photos Japan’s Toray admits to more cases of data falsification

TOKYO, Japan - In a damning admission, Japan’s Toray Industries on Tuesday revealed 149 cases of quality data falsification at a...

Photos North Korean fishermen mysteriously wash ashore in Japan

TOKYO, Japan - Japanese police said that they had arrested eight men from a boat that washed ashore the coast in Japan. The police...

Photos Ardent Pokémon Go fans catch 500 million Pokémon in two days

TOKYO, Japan - In a bid to reignite the global craze about the game that lets players go to lengths for region-locked pocket monsters,...

Photos Japan Deepens Economic Support for Philippines in Rivalry With China

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Japan is deepening its influence in the Philippines to vie with regional rival China, a welcome boost for an...

Photos US, S. Korea, Japan Warn Pyongyang to Stop Irresponsible Provocations

Senior defense officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan met to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile threats....

Photos Nissan decides to suspend production for Japanese market

TOKYO, Japan - In a bid to address misconduct in its inspection procedures that led to a major recall recently, Nissan has decided to...

Photos Rivals trade blows as Japan campaign starts

Tokyo's popular governor Yuriko Koike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traded barbs yesterday as the gloves came off for the official...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON