It has been more than a month since the opening of the Tokyo Olympics was postponed to July 23 next year. The first hurdle for the event is to secure a venue one year ahead, but we have come to understand the challenges that may delay the compensation of affected companies and the urban development of the city.
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the opening of the Tokyo Games was postponed to the Olympic Games on July 23 next year and the Paralympics on August 24 next year.
While the end of the infection is not visible, the Games Organizing Committee is currently identifying issues in each field with the aim of holding the event one year later, and the venue and competition schedule that will serve as the basis for a concrete plan. I want to decide this by summer.
The first hurdle is whether it is possible to secure 43 competition venues, athlete villages, and the same venue that will serve as the base of the media one year later, but in order to realize it, compensation for companies affected and urban development of the city will be realized. Even now, I have come to understand the issues that may delay the process.
Exhibition planning company “Olympics new corona postponed triple pain”
One of the affected companies, Zeal Associates, headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, has more than 100 employees and handles interior and planning for exhibitions and events. Last year’s sales were about 2.2 billion yen.
The exhibition industry is not only a place of business for small and medium-sized companies to exhibit, but also has a wide base where various industries are involved in a single event, and postponing the event may affect employment in the industry. It complains that it is necessary to provide compensation such as securing an alternative place during the period when it is unavailable.
President Daisuke Nagamon said, “Exhibition work was reduced by the original plan of the Olympics, reduced by the new coronavirus, and reduced by the postponement of the Olympics, and it is in a state of“ triple pain ”. Anyway, providing a place to open the exhibition etc. I want. We can’t do anything without it. “
Alternative exhibition hall About 1 year extension
During the period before and after the Tokyo Games, Tokyo Big Sight, located in the Ariake district of Koto Ward, will become a hub for media both inside and outside Japan, and will not be usable as a venue for exhibitions and other events.
For this reason, the city opened a temporary exhibition building at Tokyo Big Sight, which is approximately 23,000 square meters in the Aomi area of the waterfront area last April, and was planned to be demolished after it was used until November this year. ..
However, due to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games, there is a possibility that the venues of exhibitions in Tokyo will become tight, so the city will temporarily suspend the demolition scheduled in December and extend the use for about one year. Adjusting in the direction.
Organization Committee “I want to explain politely and seek cooperation”
Chairman Mori said, “The contract details and owner’s position differ depending on the venue. I would like to explain to the other party carefully and seek cooperation”.