New Minister Reaffirms Rock-Steady Backing for Tokyo 2020

A delegation of senior members of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee yesterday visited the newly appointed Hakubun Shimomura, Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, who expressed the Japanese government's continued unequivocal support for the bid. Minister Shimomura informed the Tokyo 2020 bid leaders that the realisation of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the advancement of sports in Japan through the creation of an Agency for Sports, are crucially important matters to the national government.

Shimomura said: "I was elected in Tokyo, so this bid means very much to me. I plan on attending the Candidature File submission press conference in Tokyo to reiterate the unequivocal support our newly formed national government will continue to provide the bid."

Tokyo 2020's delegation was led by Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, and Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee Vice President.

The Japanese parliament's House of Representatives and the House of Councillors both passed resolutions expressing their full cooperation and support for Tokyo 2020 last December. The bid committee responded by inaugurating the Tokyo 2020 Council, a senior advisory board consisting of 64 members from government, including the Prime Minister, who serves as Supreme Advisor, and leading figures from Japan's business and sporting communities.
New Minister and Tokyo 2020 Bid Team

(from left) Tokyo 2020 Council Secretary General Kazuo Ogura, Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno, Minister Hakubun Shimomura, Tokyo 2020 President Tsunekazu Takeda, JOC Secretary General Noriyuki Ichihara