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83% welcome Tokyo selection as Games host
Publication Date : 17-09-2013
Eighty-three per cent of respondents in an opinion poll said they were pleased Tokyo was named the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympics, overwhelming the 13 per cent who thought otherwise.
The random telephone survey was conducted nationwide by The Yomiuri Shimbun from Friday to Sunday and covered 1,729 households with eligible voters, of which 1,063 people responded. The response rate was 61 per cent.
By region, the Kinki region had the largest percentage of respondents who saw the hosting of the 2020 Olympics positively at 87 per cent, followed by Tokyo with 78 per cent.
The lowest percentage who gave this reply was 71 per cent in Hokkaido and the Tohoku region.
Asked what respondents expected from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, with multiple answers permitted, the largest percentage at 89 per cent said the event would give members of the public dreams and goals. Eighty-six per cent believed the event would help revitalise the economy.
Sixty-two per cent said the event would give a boost to reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake. In Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, 47 per cent of respondents gave this response.
The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration was 67 per cent, up from 63 per cent in the previous survey conducted from August 8 to 10.
The figure rose for the first time since April and was higher than the 65 per cent reported just after the launch of the Abe Cabinet in December last year.
The disapproval rate for the Cabinet was 21 per cent, down from 26 per cent in the previous survey.
The results apparently reflect positive signs in economic indicators, including the gross domestic prod-uct in the April-June quarter and Abe’s attendance at the general session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, where Tokyo was selected as the host city of the 2020 Games.