Tokyo Gov Ishihara Shintaro on Saturday expressed disappointment over the low approval ratings that Tokyo residents have given tothe city's bid for the 2020 Olympics.
Tokyo made the cut on SWednesday along with Istanbul and Madrid. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that public support for Tokyo’s bid was by far the lowest among candidate cities, despite what it called a “very strong technical plan.”
The support rate stood at 78% for Madrid, 73% for Istanbul and 47% for Tokyo. The IOC report said that Tokyo also has the highest ratio of those who had “no opinion” — at 30%.
Ishihara said that the lukewarm support indicated that Japanese people have become "selfish and extremely narrow-minded," Sports Nippon reported.
Ishihara added that the Japanese, as a race, lack the conviction to achieve anything great. "The people of Japan are not committed to raising Japan's approval rating. They don't think big," the governor said.
Ishiuhara said holding the Olympics in Tokyo would be a chance to thank the world for supporting Japan during the March 2011 quake-tsunami disaster and showcase the extraordinary power of sport to heal, unite and inspire all kinds of positive change.
The IOC will announce the host of the 2020 Olympics on Sept 7 next year.© Japan Today/AFP