Tokyo mulls contribution for 2020 facilities

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering shouldering some of the costs for building temporary sporting event facilities in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Saturday.

The metropolitan government plans to hold talks on the matter shortly with the central government and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, the sources said.

The costs to build the facilities that will be removed after the 2020 Games, currently estimated at ¥280 billion in total, were originally supposed to be entirely covered by the organizing committee.

“The metropolitan government’s shouldering of the costs for the temporary facilities could be one option,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on television.

At the same time, Koike stressed a need to scrutinize the costs again before making a decision.

In December, the organizing committee expressed its readiness to shoulder ¥80 billion while asking the metropolitan, central and relevant local governments to share the remaining ¥200 billion.

Separately, a task force commissioned by the metropolitan government has proposed that the metropolitan government cover ¥150 billion in costs for facilities to be built in Tokyo and that facilities to be set up outside Tokyo be prepared by relevant local governments using financial support from the central government.

Relevant local governments, including the prefectures of Miyagi and Kanagawa, reacted sharply against these proposals, stressing the need to stick to the original cost-sharing plan presented when Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Games.

Koike has said she aims to draw an outline of cost sharing by the end of March.Speech

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