img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-6970″ alt=”olympics” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/olympics11.jpg” width=”278″ height=”212″ />About ten million people in Tokyo, or 73 percent of its population, want the city to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a recent poll released by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid committee on Wednesday .
The high percentage is a result of the country's passion for sport, as well as Japan's desire to deliver a dynamic celebration, the committee stated.
The results of the poll support a separate, independent survey taken by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on January 11 and January 13. The latter's results showed that 83 percent of Japan's young population aged between 20 and 30 would like Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympics, according to the Japanese press.
“We know public support was a challenge for us last time, and so we are delighted by this very strong result. It is especially significant that a large number of our passionate supporters are young people, showing that the future is bright for the Olympic movement in Japan. The Japanese are enthusiastic fans of sport and they love the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They also understand, as recent surveys indicate, that hosting the Games in Tokyo in 2020 would have long-term benefits for Japanese sport, society, the economy and the environment,” said Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and president of both the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020.
The survey was conducted by phone on a total of 400 Tokyo residents, aged 18 or older, between January 10 and 20. The 73 percent rate of support was up 26 points over a survey conducted by the Japanese Olympic Committee in May 2012