Japan Govt Already Spends 172.5 B. Yen on 2020 Games

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Tuesday that it spent 172.5 billion yen on projects directly related to preparing and running the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics over the five years to March this year.

The government examined its 2020 Games-related spending after the Board of Audit of Japan released estimates early this month that the government has already spent more than 800 billion yen.

The day's announcement is expected to fuel concerns about the games-related costs, as the new figure exceeds the amount of 150 billion yen that the government has promised to shoulder.

The board asked the government's Headquarters for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to closely examine the relevance of state-financed projects to the games.

In response, the government grouped the projects into three--those closely related to the preparations and operations of the games, those whose direct contributions to the games are hard to assess in value and those with relatively low relevance.

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