April 22 - Tokyo 2020 will help Japan show how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised today.
He made the pledge at the first meeting of a special Council made up of all the country's Cabinet Ministers set-up to ensure it carries out all the policy pledges it made during its successful bid for the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Olympics "will give us momentum to revitalise our country," Abe told the meeting, where the Ministers discussed the basic plan for the event that Tokyo 2020 are due to submit to the International Olympic Committee in February next year.
The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami seriously affected northeastern Japan prefectures and triggered the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which overshadowed Tokyo's campaign.
"We will accelerate reconstruction in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and will convey our recovery to the world," Abe said.
Tasks set for the central and Tokyo Metropolitan Governments include renovating the National Stadium and constructing other facilities and transportation systems.
During its bid, Tokyo 2020 pledged to offer such privileges as free transportation for spectators with the Oedo subway line running 24 hours a day.
In addition, the bidding committee announced it would improve communication networks such as wireless LAN and LTE, or Long Term Evolution, and make the network widely accessible to the Olympic Family.
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