Tokyo Olympics 2020: Price of hosting opening, closing ceremonies rises 40 percent to $118 million, says organising committee

The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organizing committee

The Associated Press February 15, 2019 16:20:43 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Price of hosting opening, closing ceremonies rises 40 percent to $118 million, says organising committee
  • The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organizing committee

  • Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday that the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen — about $82 billion — when Tokyo was awarded the games in 2013

  • Overall, Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to ready the city for the Olympics. Excluding the operating budget, the rest comes from the national, city and regional governments

Tokyo: The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organising committee.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Price of hosting opening closing ceremonies rises 40 percent to 118 million says organising committee

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Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday that the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen — about $82 billion — when Tokyo was awarded the games in 2013.

Despite the increase, Muto said the privately funded operating budget of 600 billion yen — about $5.5 billion — would be unchanged. He said there was a reserve fund for such increases.

Muto said "using London Olympics spending as a model, I think this is the minimum we need to spend to get the job done."

The organizing committee said last year that Mansai Nomura, who is a renowned actor in traditional Japanese theatre, would be the chief creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Overall, Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to ready the city for the Olympics. Excluding the operating budget, the rest comes from the national, city and regional governments.

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