Tokyo governor vows greener city for 2020 Olympics and beyond

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike yesterday laid out her vision for the Japanese capital, a densely populated hub with an area and a population about three times Singapore's.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike yesterday laid out her vision for the Japanese capital, a densely populated hub with an area and a population about three times Singapore's.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tokyo has come a long way from the 1970s, when the environment was an afterthought during the economic boom, and the city was marred by landfills and poor air quality, Governor Yuriko Koike said yesterday.

The landfill area in the Japanese capital has shrunk to barely a seventh of its size since then and the air quality has improved drastically, with Mount Fuji visible from Tokyo for more than 100 days a year. But Ms Koike told a forum in English: "We're not satisfied. We're determined to make Tokyo a more sustainable city by tackling issues we still face."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'Tokyo governor vows greener city for 2020 Olympics and beyond'. Print Edition | Subscribe