The Japanese city of Tokyo is still in a celebratory mood over landing the 2020 Summer Olympics. On the other hand, some people in Osaka are not as excited about the Kansai region considering a future bid for the games. Most people in Japan are pleased as the Olympics have returned to the country, but the public and media enthusiasm in Osaka and the rest of Kansai region are not so excited about the idea.


Kansai is more concerned about the toxic water leaks around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Moreover, there has been a speculation that the International Olympic Committee might be forced to consider taking the games away from Tokyo if the problems at Fukushima worsen in the next couple of years.

As Tokyo won the right to host the games, it has revived the dream among some Osaka officials of someday hosting the Olympics. The mayor of Osaka and Nippon Ishin no kai co-leader Toru Hashimoto hinted that he might be supportive of that idea on September 10, 2013.

Hashimoto said, “Not merging Osaka Prefecture, Osaka city, and Sakai definitely means that we won’t be able to go after the Olympics”. The mayor of Osaka also hinted that he would love to see an Osaka Olympics, but admitted that this is unlikely to happen.

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