Tokyo Court Settles Ownership Row over Olympic Venues

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court on Friday ruled to split ownership between two Tokyo wards of a reclaimed island where venues to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are located, settling a decades-old dispute between the municipalities.

The court decided to draw the boundary to give 79.3 pct of the 500-hectare island in the Tokyo Bay waterfront area to Koto Ward and the remaining 20.7 pct to Ota Ward.

The area designated as part of Koto Ward includes Sea Forest Waterway, the venue for rowing and canoeing events in the 2020 Summer Games, and Sea Forest Cross-Country Course, for equestrian events.

The construction of the manmade island started in 1973. After the ownership row between the two wards was not resolved through their consultations, the Tokyo metropolitan government in 2017 tried to mediate with a settlement proposal that called for designating 86.2 pct of the island as belonging to Koto Ward and 13.8 pct to Ota Ward.

But this proposal, which split the ownership of Sea Forest Waterway between the two wards, was rejected by the Ota side. The ward claimed a full ownership and took the matter to court.

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