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Tokyo 2016's welcome presentation to the IOC Evaluation Commission
Japanese Prime Minister pledges government support

16 Apr 2009
Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2009: Tokyo 2016 today completed a strong first day of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit, outlining a series of key assets and visionary plans for the most athlete-focused Games ever and an inspiring sustainable legacy showcase for other cities.

The 13-member IOC Evaluation Commission delegation were presented with Tokyo 2016's major existing strengths in the areas of the environment, transport and accommodation and examined its blend of existing and state-of-the-art new venues and Olympic and Paralympic Village plans -- all designed with athletes' needs at their very core.

Tokyo 2016 plans to stage the first Carbon-Minus Games in history by minimising carbon emissions and maximising carbon reductions through the Games. To minimise emissions, Tokyo 2016's compact venue plan is essential, with 97% of venues within 8km of the Olympic Stadium.

Tokyo 2016's s presentation began with an Official Welcome, which saw Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso address the delegation in person, speaking in English. In a show of the Government's commitment to Tokyo 2016, he was accompanied by Secretary of State and Olympian, Seiko Hashimoto; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirofumi Nakasone; and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ryu Shionoya.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said: "I hope the Evaluation Commission were impressed with the major showing of support from all levels of our society, from our inspirational Olympians and Paralympians to our strong Government Ministers and Governor."
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