Japan should ignore Olympics criticism

Japanese Olympic officials should ignore any question marks over their organisation of the games.

That’s the view of former London mayor Boris Johnson after travelling to Japan to meet with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.

Since being awarded the 2020 games three years ago, Tokyo has come in for some negative headlines over planning mistakes and costs. Koike’s two predecessors also resigned because of scandals.

But British Foreign Secretary Johnson – the London mayor during the 2012 Olympics in the city – believes the doubters are inevitable after the joy of being awarded the games has ebbed away.

“First of all there’s a euphoria when you get the games, and then a bit of anxiety starts to creep in, and it sort of goes downhill and people have all sorts of stories, we had all sorts of problems,” said Johnson, who will also meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa.

“Then when finally the games begin, after it seemed as if you could do nothing right, then you can do nothing wrong and everybody gets behind you.”