Heavy Traffic Jams Anticipated for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

Known to majority of international tourists and sports enthusiasts across the globe, the city of Tokyo in Japan will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics when it won in their bid to organize the next international multi-sports occasion last 2013. As of May 2019, more than seven million people have reportedly registered online in order to personally witness not only the electrifying Olympic and Paralympic games but also the interesting events prepared for by the organizing committee in Tokyo to add more anticipation on the part of the spectators.


The Land of the Rising Sun is already regarded as one of fastest growing tourist destinations worldwide. Every year, the country welcomes millions of tourists from different parts of the world. But, in the year 2020, particularly within the peak months of July and August, Tokyo expects a tremendous surge in international tourists who will attend the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. To prepare for this huge influx of spectators, the Japanese government have already undertaken measures to ensure a safe and smooth flowing Olympic and Paralympic games.


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However, a recent survey conducted by the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry reveals that almost half of about five hundred commercial establishments and companies located in Tokyo have no definite plan or strategy yet on how they will deal with the expected traffic congestion during the 2020 Summer Games. Some of the respondents explained that they have more alarming issues to focus on such as the chronic labor shortage.


The Organizing committee for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games urged these commercial establishments to implement staggered work hours or to ask their staff and employees to work from home so that they will not contribute to the anticipated traffic jams during the course of the international sports events in Tokyo. In response, more than eighty percent of these companies announced that they are willing to adjust their business hours in order to minimize congestion.



Many Tokyo firms unprepared for Olympic traffic congestion

Tokyo bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics


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