Daylight Saving Time Unlikely for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan now seems unlikely to introduce daylight saving time as a measure to avert intense heat during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

There is persistent opposition to the introduction of daylight saving time from within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

"Given computer system challenges and public opinion, it seems quite difficult" to adopt daylight saving time in 2020, Toshiaki Endo, former minister in charge of the Tokyo Games, told reporters following the first meeting of the party's study group on the time arrangement Thursday.

The party began to study the issue as instructed by its leader, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This followed a request from former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo organizing committee, in July to introduce a daylight saving system to move the clocks forward by two hours during the quadrennial event.

During the panel meeting, however, a participant said it would do no good to introduce the proposed measure hastily. Another claimed that it could create too much work for system engineers who are already busy preparing for the era name change from Heisei in May next year and a planned consumption tax hike in October that year.

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