Real estate markets will boom and Tokyo Bay will be redeveloped if the Japanese capital wins the right to host the 2020 Olympics, a senior business leader told investors Wednesday.
Toyota Motor honorary chairman Fujio Cho said the already busy city would become even livelier if the sporting extravaganza came to town.
“It’s certain that real estate markets will be quite active” if Tokyo’s bid is successful, he told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
“Without doubt, the Tokyo Bay area will be redeveloped on a large scale.
“In terms of road-building, there are many places where ring roads are not complete just because of small sections that have not yet been constructed.
“If the Olympics are to be hosted here, I think there will be a big boost in morale among Japanese people, which will enable the construction and completion of such projects,” he said.
Tokyo is competing with Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the Games, with the final decision set to be made by the 100-strong International Olympic Committee at a meeting in Buenos Aires on September 7.
While many large Asian cities are throbbing with construction projects as their economies surge, there are few cranes standing over the Japanese capital these days.
The investment boost that hosting the Games could bring would be a welcome fillip for Japan, whose economy has struggled for much of the last two decades.
It would also dovetail well with a renewed push by the government to turn things around, with lavish public spending promised for infrastructure projects.