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SBD Global/September 10, 2013/Olympics
Tokyo To Revitalize Waterfront With New, Old Venues Ahead Of 2020 Games
Published September 10, 2013
ECONOMIC BOOST: In Beijing, Bai Tiantian reported quoting projections from a research institute, Kyodo News "predicted that the 2020 Games in Tokyo will likely push up Japan's gross domestic product by 0.5 percent that year with positive economic effects" worth 4.2T yen ($42.3B), "due partly to expected growing demand for new construction and a boost to tourism." The news agency also estimated that 8.5 million tourists "will visit Tokyo during the Games" and the spillover effects will add 2.96T yen ($30B) to the Japanese economy in the eight years from '13 (GLOBAL TIMES, 9/9). XINHUA's Jon Day reported Japan "will reconsider the idea of setting up a new sports agency" with the aim of "further promoting sports on a national level in the run-up to the Games." Japan "is planning to see an amalgamation of training programs for both Olympic and Paralympic athletes, as part of a broader strategy to consolidate the Games." In addition, officials said that Japan "will seek to make training facilities available to both Olympic and Paralympic athletes" (XINHUA, 9/9).
ISTANBUL HITS BACK: REUTERS' Humeyra Pamuk reported Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan said that "the choice of Tokyo instead of Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic Games was unfair and meant the IOC was turning its back on the Muslim world." Erdogan: "Both Tokyo and Madrid have hosted the games before; Istanbul hasn't. It hasn't been fair. In a way, they are cutting ties with the 1.5 billion-people Muslim world" (REUTERS, 9/9).
CHINA'S REACTION GUARDED: KYODO reported China's Foreign Ministry on Monday "stopped short of congratulating Tokyo for winning its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and instead urged Japan to make more efforts to mend bilateral ties frayed over an island dispute." Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei urged Japan to win the trust of the int'l community by adopting "a correct attitude on historical issues" (KYODO, 9/9). REUTERS' Ben Blanchard reported in a statement posted on the ministry's website after the news conference had ended, Hong said that the Chinese Olympic Committee "had in fact expressed its congratulations." It "did not elaborate" (REUTERS, 9/9). KYODO reported the U.S. on Sunday "congratulated Tokyo on the success of its bid." The White House statement said, "On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the city of Tokyo, and our close ally Japan, on its selection as host of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games" (KYODO, 9/9).