Abe to attend IOC session in Argentina to make final bid for Tokyo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to go to Argentina early next month to make the final presentation at a session of the International Olympic Committee for Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

"Let's have everyone fulfill their respective missions and responsibilities so we can sound off the announcement of '2020 Tokyo' on Sept. 7," said Abe at Tokyo's kick-off rally the same day.

Abe is also scheduled to attend the summit of the Group of 20 major economies to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 5 and 6, where he is expected to meet bilaterally with other leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Japan and the United States are also arranging for Abe and President Barack Obama to hold a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines, according to a Japanese government source.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will join Abe in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the IOC session after first visiting Brazil, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, according to the ministry.

The host of the quadrennial event in 2020 will be selected from Tokyo and two other cities, Spain's Madrid and Turkey's Istanbul, at an IOC general assembly in the Argentine capital on Sept. 7.

Abe is scheduled to depart from Japan for Russia on Sept. 4, while Kishida plans to leave Japan for Brazil on Sept. 1. Both are scheduled to return to Japan on Sept. 9.