A survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper over the weekend revealed that 43% of Tokyo’s people find Governor Naoki Inose’s remarks regarding Turkey and other Muslim countries may affect the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympics. The Tokyo governor was quoted referring to Muslim countries “fighting with each other” during an interview with The New York Times.
Tokyo has just made its second pitch to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and is confident of what it has to offer for the prestigious tournament. However, the Tokyo Governor’s controversial remarks had the capital divided. Respondents who are in their 50s and 60s, about 47 to 48 percent, are particularly anxious on the Tokyo bid. However, 28 percent of Tokyo respondents have no particular idea of what Inose’s remarks may cause concerning the bid.
Prior to the weekend poll, another survey was made by the Mainichi back in February. The previous result yielded 72 percent in favour of the Olympic bid while 21 percent were opposed to the bid. The weekend result, on the other hand, revealed that those who are in favour to have Tokyo host the 2020 Olympics have gone down to 50 percent. Those who opposed have also decreased, now only 16 percent, but 25 percent of the respondents are currently undecided. Despite what some people fear, 64 percent of those who support the Tokyo bid see no gravity from what Gov. Inose told The New York Times.