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Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara –
is all smiles Friday with Tsunekazu Takeda, chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee, at the JOC secretariat in Shibuya Ward as he submits the capital’s proposal to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Fukuoka Municipal Government, Tokyo’s rival for the Games, submitted its own plan the same day.

The Japanese Olympic Committee is to select one of them on Aug. 30.

“Our plan fully utilizes Tokyo’s capacity. I’m confident this plan will be competitive in the world” competition to host the Games, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara told reporters after submitting the proposal.

He said he hoped the JOC calmly examines the two plans before deciding.

Tokyo’s plan is for the 301 events in 28 sports to be held at 36 venues, mainly in central Tokyo, between Aug. 12 and 28, 2016. The metro government hopes to bring back baseball and softball — sports in which Japan is a medal contender — which already have been dropped from the 2012 London Games.

Fukuoka’s proposal showcases the city as Japan’s gateway to East Asia and highlights its plans to cooperate with other parts of northern Kyushu as well as Yamaguchi Prefecture, touting its desire to show a major world sporting event can be hosted by a city with a population of 1.5 million. It wants to hold the Games from July 22 to Aug. 7, with the city itself forking out 97 billion yen for the 775.4 billion yen project.

In Tokyo, the track and field events would be held in a 100,000-seat stadium that would be built at a cost of 110.7 billion yen in the Harumi waterfront district of Chuo Ward, while the course for road races would circle the Imperial Palace. Soccer games would be held at several stadiums nationwide, built for the 2002 World Cup soccer finals.

Tokyo’s 795.4 billion yen estimate does not include the cost of improving the region’s infrastructure to improve access to event sites, a critical part of preparing to play host.

Tokyo says the 800 billion yen budget would be made up of 46.8 billion yen from municipal tax money and the rest from the central government and private sector.

The Olympics would provide an opportunity for Tokyo to improve its infrastructure with financial support from the central government and make it a more attractive metropolis for tourists, Ishihara said.

“I will try to get a promise from the prime minister (to provide financial assistance) as soon as Tokyo is selected as Japan’s candidate,” he said, adding that securing financial support from the private sector also would be his responsibility.

The cost of the campaign to promote the bid in the international selection round has been projected at 5.5 billion yen — 1.5 billion yen from the metro government and the rest from corporate donations and sponsors.

The operating costs would be 294.3 billion yen, which Tokyo says would be covered by such things as the sale of tickets and broadcasting rights and corporate advertising.

Building and renovating facilities for the Games would cost 495.6 billion yen, the metro government said, but noted that only 45.3 billion yen of that would come from its coffers.

Accommodations for athletes would be constructed at a cost of 135.3 billion yen in Koto Ward’s Ariake district and buildings for the media would be built in the Tsukiji district in Chuo Ward for 152.8 billion yen.

Renovating existing sports facilities and other event sites is estimated to cost 207.5 billion yen, half of which Tokyo expects the state to cover.

“We have to discuss financing with the central government,” a metro official said. “In case we need more funds for facilities and other infrastructure, such as roads, we will put aside 100 billion yen in fiscal 2006 and plan to pad the fund in the next fiscal year and beyond.”

The Fukuoka proposal, which was submitted by Mayor Hirotaro Yamasaki, claims to be a “new model” for an Olympics host. It will have three main venues set around Hakata Bay.

Information from wire reports added

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