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New Ja­panese PM gets word out: He sup­ports Tokyo Olympics

- Olympic Games · Politics · Infectious Diseases · Sports · Health Conditions · Tokyo · Japan · International Olympic Committee · Yoshiro Mori · Mori · Yoshihide Suga · Thomas Bach · Koichi Hagiuda · Seiko Hashimoto · Hashimoto

TOKYO, Sept 17, (AP): Ja­pan’s new prime minister has got­ten the word out to the pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee that he is be­hind next year’s de­layed Tokyo Games.

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the lo­cal or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and also a for­mer prime minister, said Prime

Minister Yoshi­hide Suga has a “strong com­mit­ment” to the Tokyo Olympics.

Mori said that was the mes­sage he con­veyed on a call to IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach.

“Mr Bach was very pleased when he heard this,” Mori said, speak­ing on Thurs­day at the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of­fices. “He said he wanted to fly over im­me­di­ately and thank Mr Suga for that.”

Tokyo or­ga­niz­ers say the games will open on July 23, 2021, de­spite the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, but they have given few de­tails about ex­actly how, and at what added costs.

They have said specifics about fans, quar­an­tines, bor­der con­trols and test­ing will not be forth­com­ing un­til the end of the year, or even into early 2021.

Mori told Bach the reap­point­ment of the two min­is­ters di­rectly con­nected to the Olympics – Ed­u­ca­tion Minister Koichi Hag­iuda and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto – showed the gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued sup­port.

“Mak­ing the Olympics and Par­a­lympics a suc­cess, us­ing all means, is the strong com­mit­ment of Ja­pan,” Hag­iuda said, speak­ing along­side Mori. “There are many chal­lenges but, as the minister in charge, I would like to do my ut­most to solve them – one by one.”

Hashimoto, an Olympic medal win­ner, said her fo­cus was the ath­letes.

“I think mak­ing en­vi­ron­ments where ath­letes can re­spect each other and com­pete to the best of their abil­ity is the most im­por­tant,” she said.

 ??  ?? Newly elected Ja­panese Prime Minister Yoshi­hide Suga (cen­ter), smiles with Fi­nance Minister Taro Aso (right), and For­eign Minister Toshim­itsu Motegi (left), as they go for a photo ses­sion after their first cab­i­net meet­ing
at the prime minister’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Tokyo on Sept 16. (AP)
Newly elected Ja­panese Prime Minister Yoshi­hide Suga (cen­ter), smiles with Fi­nance Minister Taro Aso (right), and For­eign Minister Toshim­itsu Motegi (left), as they go for a photo ses­sion after their first cab­i­net meet­ing at the prime minister’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Tokyo on Sept 16. (AP)

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