Japan-Brazil council to discuss Olympic safety for Japanese in Rio


The government and private-sector leaders in Brazil will set up a special panel to discuss safety measures for Japanese who visit Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, it has been learned.

The liaison council will hold its first meeting March 9, informed sources said Thursday.

Some 8,000 Japanese are expected to travel to the city during the Games. The move reflects strong concerns over safety in a city where the robbery rate is 500 times higher than in Japan.

The council will also discuss the fight against the Zika virus.

Many crimes against Japanese were reported during Carnival earlier this month, including one where a male tourist was robbed at gunpoint.

Organizations involved in the effort will share information as part of the effort.

The council will be chaired by Ambassador Kunio Umeda and include officials from the Japanese Consulate, Chamber of Commerce and Japanese groups both in the city and in Sao Paulo.

The council will also discuss matters related to Japanese athletes at the Games, including ways to secure training space, sources said.