• Kyodo News


Promoters of Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics formally asked that Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend when the International Olympic Committee takes a vote to select the host city Oct. 2 in Copenhagen.

Although Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara has publicly repeated his hopes that the couple will give a presentation at the key IOC general meeting, it was the first such request directly filed with the Imperial Household Agency.

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