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2015 June 17 - 23 [SOCIAL ISSUES]

Tokyo residents petition governor not to demolish public housing for 2020 Olympics

June 23, 2015
A group of residents living in a public housing complex on June 22 submitted a written petition to the Tokyo governor, demanding the cancellation of a plan to demolish the complex to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

As part of preparations for the 2020 Summer Games, the Tokyo metropolitan government plans to demolish the Tokyo-owned housing complex which is located near the planned construction site of a new national athletic stadium, the main venue for the Games. The Tokyo government ordered the 140 families living in the complex to move out by the end of January 2016.

Opposing the construction plan, the residents’ group already submitted two petitions to the Tokyo government, in July last year and again in February this year, but have not yet received a government response. The group this time demanded that the governor respond to the past two petitions, meet and listen to the residents, and cancel the plan to demolish the public housing complex.

Later on the same day, the residents held a press conference in the metropolitan government office building. A 68-year-old woman living in the housing complex with her mother said that the metropolitan government appears to not care and pay no attention to the elderly and poor people.

Sophia University Professor Inaba Nanako at the press conference said that her survey of the residents showed that four in five respondents oppose the eviction order. She stressed that the Tokyo metropolitan government should listen to the residents’ concerns in a sincere manner.

Past related article:
> Residents in public housing refuse eviction due to new stadium for Tokyo Olympics [July 31, 2014]
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