At least 420 municipalities in Japan are attempting to attract pre-games training camps of countries and regions including Japan participating in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, according to a Kyodo News survey. The number of municipalities which said “an agreement has already been made” in inviting such camps increased to 88 from 16 marked in the previous survey conducted between March and April last year. Also, the number of municipalities which said they are “still negotiating” rose from 96 to 162.
Meanwhile, the number of municipalities that said they are “looking for partners to invite” pre-games training camps declined from 295 to 170. The total number of municipalities seeking to attract camps slightly increased by 13 from last year’s 407.
The number of municipalities that have actually reached an agreement to host pre-games training camps exceeds 88, as some municipalities reached an agreement after the survey or did not answer.
23.5% of the municipalities said they have already made concrete preparations because they are interested not only in pre-games training camps but also the Olympics themselves, up from 17.1% recorded in the previous survey. But only 32.5% of the municipalities are either making concrete efforts or still considering inviting such camps, a decrease from last year’s 36.2%.
By prefecture, 81% of the municipalities in Tokyo are already making or still considering making concrete efforts, making them the largest group of respondents. Hiroshima Prefecture came in second with 71.4% and Niigata ranked third at 69.0%. Next was Chiba at 68%, followed by Shizuoka, Kanagawa, and Saitama, in that order.
Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, which were hit hard by the 3/11 triple disaster, came in 18th (34.4%), 21st (32.1%), and 28th (28.0%), respectively. (Abridged)