Abe and Koike agree to co-operate on Tokyo 2020 - but who will pay?
A meeting yesterday between Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, and Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, is reported to have resulted in an agreement for central and city governments to work together on preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, without resolving the vexed question of how the financial burden will be shared.
Koike told reporters after the meeting at Abe’s office: “With three years left to go until the Olympics, we confirmed that we will co-operate on an ‘all-Japan’ basis and work together to ensure the success of the games.”
Earlier this week it emerged that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government could pay some of the costs of temporary venues planned for the games, after leaders of 10 local governments dug in their heels over footing the bill, which they claimed should be covered by the organising committee.
Koike said on television: “The metropolitan government’s shouldering of the costs for the temporary facilities could be one option.”
The temporary facilities are slated to cost ¥280 billion ($2.4 billion) in total, but the organising committee has said that it will pay only ¥80 billion and has asked central and local governments to find the rest.
Following a recent meeting with Koike, leaders of the local governments jointly submitted a written request calling on Koike to reaffirm the principle of the organising committee bearing all costs to set up facilities that will be dismantled after the games.
Koike has said that a cost-sharing framework for the games will be decided by the end of March.