Pressure from the International Olympic Committee is believed to have been a factor in the Japanese Olympic Committee president's retirement.
On Tuesday, Tsunekazu Takeda said he will step down when his term expires in June. Takeda is under investigation by French authorities over corruption allegations in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Games.
The president of the International Olympic Committee has sent a message to Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee saying "wishing you all the best for your recovery." Ikee was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Thomas Bach on Wednesday tweeted from the official Olympic account, saying "Joining with all your millions of fans to send you all my best wishes. Now just concentrate on getting better."
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games appear to be going well and that he hopes to visit disaster-hit Fukushima in northeastern Japan.
Bach gave an exclusive interview to NHK in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2 years ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 24th, 2020.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is teaming up with the Reconstruction Agency to bring delicacies from 2011 disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures to the table for its banquet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Dec. 12.
It is said that many foreign travelers have strong concerns about the effects of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant caused by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March 2011, but the Tokyo committee plans to use its many opportunities to appeal to the IOC about the safety of Fukushima products and the charm of the Tohoku region's abundant foodstuffs. A spokesperson for the Fukushima Prefectural Government said, "We would like many people to try our products, and better understand the situation in the disaster-hit areas."