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Holidays during Tokyo Olympics to be considered

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Officials related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games decided at a liaison meeting on Thursday to examine a proposal to turn weekdays during the games into holidays under special legislation to facilitate the hosting of competitions using ordinary public roads.

They also decided to consider introducing daylight-saving time during the sporting events to help athletes cope with the summer heat.

Participants in the liaison meeting included Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, sports minister Hirokazu Matsuno and Tamayo Marukawa, minister in charge of the games.

“We’ve been told by the police that controlling traffic would be possible to a certain extent on weekends but would be difficult on weekdays,” Mori said. “They asked us not to hold races [on public roads] on weekdays.”

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