POSTED: December 16th 2012

Tokyo 2020: New Governor-elect Naoki Inose strongly backs the Olympic bid

Naoki Inose is the new Governor of Tokyo  / House of Japan
Naoki Inose is the new Governor of Tokyo / House of Japan

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

December 16 – Local elections in Tokyo have named Naoki Inose as the successor to Shintaro Ishihara for the key position of Governor of the city. Inose was Ishihara’s favored candidate for the position as he will also be continuing to further the work started by the former city leader.

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said on the new post, "Tokyo Metropolitan Governor-elect Naoki Inose is an absolute supporter of Tokyo's efforts to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“He has been an active member of the Tokyo Metropolitan for five years, and has followed the development of our city's bid aspirations.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the new governor and are confident that he will support Tokyo's Olympic and Paralympic aspirations."

Inose is also an award winning writer and former Tokyo vice governor as well so he has experience in working with the gubernatorial offices.

Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The final decision will be voted on September 7th of 2013 in Buenos Aires at the IOC session.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Governor · Shintaro Ishihara · Naoki Inose · Tsunekazu Takeda · Olympic bidding

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