Tokyo’s Olympic bid officials don’t think that the Fukushima nuclear disaster should be taken into context when considering them for hosts of the 2020 Olympic Games, but the head of Tokyo’s bid does want the IOC members to know that hosting the games would help “heal the wounds left by last year’s twin quake and tsunami disasters.”
“No one died, no one got injured from this event. No one,” said Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and head of the Tokyo bid, in reference to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Takeda further stressed that Fukushima was no longer a problem, “No one is worried about the tsunami or radiation.” Takeda said, “It’s not the same, far away from the Fukushima area.”
“Without a doubt, Tohoku (the region affected by the tsunami) and the rest of Japan will benefit from the Games, Takeda pointed out. “According to calculations provided by the city of Tokyo, the economic effect on the nation as a whole is estimated at $US38 billion ($A36.8 billion). “Studies conducted by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee … show that the Games would create more than 150,000 jobs nationwide.”
The 100-plus IOC members will decide the 2020 host on September 7th, 2013 in Buenos Aires.