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Over 100 mil. yen from Tokyo budget set aside for Olympic volunteer leave

Over 100 million yen was added to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government budget for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for projects that encourage company employees to volunteer at the games.

In the volunteer initiative plan released in November 2016 by the metropolitan government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, an estimated 90,000 volunteers are needed to work both as "venue volunteers" staffing the games directly and "city volunteers" in airports, train stations to provide tourism information.

To this end, 112 million yen was earmarked to create a new system for company employees to take time off of work to volunteer for the event. Applications for volunteers are expected to begin in the summer of 2018, but in order to make it easier for company employees to participate as volunteers more easily, a subsidy program that would grant 200,000 yen per company for 500 firms will be introduced.

In addition, to reach the goal of 25 million foreign tourists visiting Tokyo in 2020, another 300 million yen was set aside to expand projects attracting various business events. The money will be put toward new projects at the metropolitan Hama-rikyu Gardens in Chuo Ward and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Meguro Ward for receptions and study tours after business events, as well as preparing the locations for projection mapping.

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