September 26, 2022
Japan's Sapporo city officials reject holding referendum over bidding for Olympics

The city’s assembly, controlled by Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, which is also in charge of the national government, said there is no need for a referendum since its polling shows 52% in favour.

The city’s assembly, controlled by Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party — which is also in charge of the national government — turned down having a public vote. Its meeting was streamed online.

Sapporo is known to be one of at least three candidates interested in holding the 2030 Winter Games. The others are Salt Lake City and Vancouver. Spain has also expressed interest.

Hitoshi Murakami, a member of the Japanese Communist Party that proposed the referendum, said the poll results were skewed since the survey was held shortly after the end of last year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics.

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