Tokyo 2020 bid CEO: Strengths are quality, safety

Masato Mizuno, CEO of the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, says the

city can guarantee ”quality and safety” if it hosts the Olympic


Tokyo is competing with Istanbul and Madrid for the hosting

rights, which will be decided in September by the International

Olympic Committee.

Mizuno, heir to the Mizuno sports goods empire, says Tokyo is

emphasizing its strengths as a wealthy, developed capital city.

He notes Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Games, is running

”very, very late” in preparing for next year’s World Cup.

Mizuno appealed to American and British executives attending a

talk at the American Chamber of Commerce to help Tokyo’s bid by

reassuring people about issues like potential radiation risks from

Japan’s nuclear disaster.