New gov­er­nor to re­view cost of Games

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TOKYO’S new gov­er­nor yes­ter­day promised a for­mal re­view of the megac­ity’s prob­lem-plagued prepa­ra­tions for the 2020 Olympic Games as con­cerns grow over soar­ing costs.

Yuriko Koike, elected on July 31 as the Ja­panese cap­i­tal’s first fe­male gov­er­nor, said a spe­cial panel would re­view whether tax money has been and will be used ap­pro­pri­ately.

The 64-year-old po­lit­i­cal vet­eran re­ported for her first of­fi­cial day of work and held a press con­fer­ence at which she an­nounced the for­ma­tion of a spe­cial team to as­sess where things stand.

“Bud­get­ing, prepa­ra­tion, and the va­lid­ity of the road map [to 2020] will be up for a fresh re­view by third-party in­di­vid­u­als,” Ms Koike said, adding that an in­terim re­port would be re­leased as early as next month.

“What is most im­por­tant in Tokyo pol­i­tics is trans­parency,” Ms Koike said, ham­mer­ing home a point she made on July 31.

The 2020 Games, awarded to Tokyo in 2013, have been marred by a series of em­bar­rass­ing set­backs over sta­dium con­struc­tion, bud­get over­runs and the of­fi­cial logo.

But the key con­cern ahead of the elec­tions was the es­ti­mated cost of host­ing the event, seen as pos­si­bly dou­bling or even tripling from the re­ported orig­i­nal forecast of 730 bil­lion yen (US$7.14 bil­lion). –

Photo: AFP

Newly elected Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike will set up a spe­cial panel to re­view the cost of the Tokyo Olympics.

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