Monday, 2nd September 2013
In Japan Sports News,
Japan gets behind Olympic bid
Opinion polls are showing a rush of support from the Japanese for the Olympic bid, which will hopefully see Tokyo host the 2020 Games.
According to a survey run by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, 74 per cent of readers said they believe the historic sporting event would be good for Japan.
However, the issue still has the potential to be controversial, with critics complaining of traffic jams and wasted money.
"It’d just create traffic jams and pile up debt," an unnamed Tokyo taxi driver told Reuters. "The country doesn’t have that kind of resources right now."
However, head of the Japanese Olympic committee Tsunekazu Takeda brushed off such criticism, telling reporters that "the Games are in a safe pair of hands".
Tokyo last hosted the sporting event in 1964. The Olympics were credited for the creation of high-speed train services and a construction boom, as well as developing an increased market for televisions and other appliances.
Written by Graham McPherson
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