Okinawa Affairs Minister backs holding 2020 Olympics karate in Okinawa
Yosuke Tsuruho, the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, visited Okinawa Monday, and expressed his readiness and support to holding the Karate competition of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Okinawa.
Nihon Budokan in Tokyo was originally named as the venue for the competition, and Tsuruho admits that “the situation is not smooth sailing.”
“I’d like to continue to approach with high hopes people who are involved in the final decision,” Tsuruho added at a press conference at Naha airport.
Tsuruho visited Tomigusuku Castle Ruins Park where the Okinawa Karate Kaikan, a hall dedicated to karate, is scheduled to open by the end of March 2017.
Vice Governor Mitsuo Ageda, who accompanied Tsuruho to Tomigusuku, requested, “Wwe would like to hold the karate competition, at least the “kata” contests, here in Okinawa.”
Tsuruho responded positively to the request stating that he would like to continue to press the matter.