• Kyodo


Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to attend the Sept. 7 session of the International Olympic Committee — when the host of the 2020 Summer Games will be selected — to add weight to Japan’s final pitch to bring the event to Tokyo, a government source said.

Other members of the Cabinet, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, are expected to also attend the session in a last-ditch effort to bring the quadrennial event to the Japanese capital. Istanbul and Madrid are also bidding to host the event.

The IOC session will convene on the evening of Sept. 6. Representatives from Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid will make their final presentations on the morning of Sept. 7. The voting will take place that afternoon.

Kishida is expected to play up Tokyo’s relative safety.

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