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Tokyo governor to visit Sochi to study Olympic experience

February 19, 2014, 11:33 UTC+3 TOKYO
This will be his first foreign trip as the head of Tokyo Prefecture
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Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe

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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 visit Sochi on February 21-25,” the Tokyo governor said. “I rule the city, where the Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be held in 2020. In this capacity I would like to say to President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and other IOC senior officials about my determination to prepare successfully to the Summer Olympics 2020. I would like this to give an opportunity to build up trust in relations with the IOC,” he noted.

“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.

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