Kishida to attend IOC session to support Tokyo's Olympic bid

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to attend a session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 7, at which the host of the 2020 Summer Games will be selected, to support Tokyo's bid to stage the event, a government source said Wednesday.

Other members of the Cabinet, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, are expected to attend the session in a last-ditch effort to bring the quadrennial event to the Japanese capital. Turkey's Istanbul and Spain's Madrid are also bidding to host the event.

An IOC session will convene on the evening of Sept. 6, with representatives of the three candidate cities scheduled to give their final presentations from the morning of Sept. 7. Voting will take place later in the afternoon to finalize the host city.

Kishida is expected to pitch Tokyo's relative safety to committee members during his stay. Abe plans to cut short his attendance at a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 5-6 to fly to Buenos Aires and join Tokyo's final push before the crucial vote.

During an IOC session in 2009 held to pick the host city of the 2016 Summer Games, then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama delivered a presentation on behalf of Tokyo before the final vote. Rio de Janeiro was selected in the end.