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Volume 6 No. 216
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2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee To Be Launched Next Month

Sources said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee "will likely be launched on Jan. 24, whether it has a chairman or not," according to KYODO. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Olympic Committee "want to launch the committee by the beginning of February after selecting a chairman by the end of this month." But the appointment of the chairman "was carried over to 2014." JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda admitted that "the selection process for the chairman has run into trouble." Takeda said, "Highly capable people hardly come forward to immediately say they will do (it). We want to decide as early as possible in January." One candidate, former PM Yoshiro Mori, who contributed to Tokyo’s winning bid, "cited his age when rejecting the idea of taking over as the face of the Tokyo Games." Support "has emerged for two candidates from the business world" -- Toyota Motor Corp. Honorary Chair Fujio Cho and Canon Inc. Chair Fujio Mitarai. Both "have declined due to pressing company business" (KYODO, 12/29).