VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE BY JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY YOSHIHIDE SUGA, SOUNDBITES OF SUGA, FILE FOOTAGE OF NATIONAL STADIUM BUILD FOR TOKYO 2020
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1. JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE
2. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, SAYING:
"According to the statement released by the IOC yesterday, we understand that they again expressed their determination to work their very best for the Tokyo 2020 Games."
3. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
4. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, SAYING:
"We the government would like to work closely together with the IOC, Tokyo 2020, and the Tokyo office to prepare for the Games that will be safe and secure for athletes and spectators."
5. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
6. SUGA LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - MARCH 1, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
7. OLYMPIC RINGS OUTSIDE NATIONAL STADIUM WHICH WILL HOLD OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES OF TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
8. VARIOUS EXTERIOR OF NATIONAL STADIUM
TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - DECEMBER 15, 2019) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL)
9. INTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM
10. SEATS INSIDE STADIUM
STORY: Japan is not making any preparations to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government's top spokesman said on Wednesday (March 18), stressing Tokyo's resolve to host the event as scheduled despite the global spread of coronavirus.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government would continue with preparations to hold the July 24-Aug. 9 Games as scheduled, working closely with organisations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
"We the government would like to work closely together with the IOC, TOKYO 2020, and the Tokyo office to prepare for the Games that will be safe and secure for athletes and spectators," Suga told a news conference.
His comments come amid mounting concerns about whether the Games can proceed as planned, with the rapidly spreading virus panicking financial markets and bringing business and social activity around the world to a standstill.
Many sports events have been cancelled or postponed.
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