Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Tuesday that he will instruct the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to consider the idea of introducing daylight saving time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a way to protect athletes and spectators from summer heat.
Abe unveiled the plan at a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee of the Tokyo Games.
According to Mori, Abe told him that public attention on DST is very high. “As DST would affect the whole of people’s lives, the LDP should fully listen to opinions of party members,” Mori quoted Abe as saying.
Last month, Mori asked Abe to introduce DST during the 2020 Games, on the back of a record-breaking heat wave this summer. Specifically, he proposed that clocks be advanced two hours. Some are calling for implementing DST in 2019 on a trial basis to examine its effects.
Speaking to reporters, Toshiaki Endo, vice president of the organizing committee, who attended the Abe-Mori meeting, quoted Abe as saying that he will ask the LDP to discuss the matter first, before the Cabinet.
Endo also suggested that the LDP will launch debates on DST before the bon holiday period, saying that he plans to begin talks soon with LDP policy affairs chief Fumio Kishida about a framework for intraparty discussions.Speech