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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

September 3, 2020 (AM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

REPORTER: […] There is no sign of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) settling down. Is there any change to the Government’s policy of aiming to hold the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which has been postponed, in July 2021 as planned? Please also share your thoughts on the possibility of the Games being cancelled or further postponed.
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Firstly, concerning the Tokyo Games to be held next year, the venues and competition schedule were confirmed at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held on July 17. All stakeholders are currently working together as one to make the necessary preparations, with a view to ensuring the success of the Games next year. Working with the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee, we are also preparing COVID-19 countermeasures, taking into account the situation moving forward. The Government is making thorough efforts, in close collaboration with the stakeholders, to ensure the safe and secure holding of the Games next year.
REPORTER: I would like to ask about Aegis Ashore. I believe that the Government has been conducting reviews following the suspension of the Aegis Ashore plans. Some of the media are reporting that the assessment has already been concluded. Please tell us what the assessment concluded on the responsibility for the incident, among others, and when the report will be published.
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First of all, I understand that, based on the instructions of the Minister of Defense, the Ministry of Defense is currently reviewing the full sequence of events regarding the concerns over the rocket boosters (used on interceptor missiles) that are to fall off (outside the designated areas), which led to the cancelation of the deployment sites. As for the specific timing of the announcement of the results, I have been told that it is not currently decided.

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