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TOKYO, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Recently elected Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, who is a well-known politician and essayist in Japan, told Itar-Tass that he intends to visit Sochi on February 21 to study experience of the Winter Olympics and have meetings with the leadership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This will be his first foreign trip as the head of Tokyo Prefecture, where more than 13 million people live.
“I will attend a closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and will tour Olympic venues in the city,” Masuzoe noted. “I want to use this in further work to prepare for the Olympics in Tokyo,” he added.
Yoichi Masuzoe, 66, a prominent Japanese expert in international relations, essayist and politician, has earlier occupied the post of minister of health, labor and well-being. He has won at the Tokyo governor election on February 9, particularly with support of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. The issue of preparation to the Summer Olympics 2020 was one of the top priorities in his election campaign.