Japan's Opposition Party Investigates 1.2-Billion-Yen Cost of Olympic Handover Ceremony

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ceremony involved Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, various pop culture characters

The extraordinary session of Japan's National Diet set to convene next month will see Japan's Democratic Party investigate the issue of the 1.2 billion yen (about US$11.62 million) cost of the Olympic handover ceremony conducted in Rio De Janeiro on August 21. The party's investigation will involve a hearing to discuss the expense, and the results will pass on to the next leader of the Democratic Party following the party's leadership election on September 15.

The Olympic handover ceremony saw Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party wearing a costume of iconic Nintendo character Mario. The handover also showed a video featuring many iconic characters from Japanese pop culture, such as Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man, Doraemon, and Hello Kitty, while showcasing many traditional Summer Olympic sports.

The Diet session will also tackle issues related to a proposal for a secondary supplementary budget, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and possible defensive deployment of Japan's Self-Defense Forces.

Source: TV Asahi News via Hachima Kikō

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