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Tokyo Promotes Eco-Friendly Games

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has a plan to construct athletic and related facilities to turn Tokyo into a fully environmentally oriented city should Tokyo host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Nikkei reports that Tokyo’s draft outline for the Games calls for converting reclaimed land built on landfill into a forest island for use as the site of equestrian, canoeing and other sporting events; and converting the Olympic Village into housing for local residents once the Games are over.

Naoki Inose, deputy governor of Tokyo, said recently on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, “we will transform all our trash landfill into a green forest. (This event) serves to promote our planned bid to host the Olympics because concerns about environmental issues are particularly strong in Europe”.

As part of Tokyo’s redevelopment plans, an “Umi-no-Mori” or “Forest on the Sea”, where 480,000 trees would be planted on the 88-hectare Yumenoshima landfill and dumping ground in Tokyo Bay with compost made from fallen leaves and twigs gathered in the public parks and streets of Tokyo.

Also, the government’s draft outline envisions that existing facilities, including those built for the 1964 Tokyo Games would be used at 21 of the 31 competition venues. Of the 10 newly built facilities, five would be temporary because they would not likely be used much after the Games.

The Olympic Village, which would accommodate 17,000 people, would be built in the Ariake area bordering Tokyo Bay and would feature an array of eco-friendly systems such as solar energy and reclaimed sewage. The buildings would be made available to residents as greenery-rich waterfront homes once the Games are over.

The media centre, to be located on a 23-hectare vacated site in the Tsukiji area, would later be converted into a complex of business offices, commercial facilities and a conference hall.

Road networks in the metropolitan area will be expanded substantially by 2016, with the government planning to promote the use of more low-emissions buses and other vehicles. The improved infrastructure will enable athletes to travel from the Olympic Village to their competition venues in 20 minutes or less, and the reduction in traffic congestion would help curb carbon dioxide emissions. Write or read comments about this article

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