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Japanese government approves Olympics ministerial post

The Diet, Japan's parliament, has enacted a bill to create a ministerial post for affairs related to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Toshiaki Endo, the former state minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, is expected to be appointed to the post in June.

The bill was approved on Wednesday by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito. The bill cleared the House of Representatives last month.

The Olympics minister will co-ordinate work among related government agencies ahead of the 2020 Games.

“To ensure the success of the 2020 Games, it is of vital importance that the Tokyo 2020 organising committee and the national government are completely united in their efforts towards our preparations for the Games, and I had been eagerly anticipating the passing of this bill,” Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said.

“We look forward to the national government providing us with its active support, including the appointment of a dedicated minister of state, the establishment of a headquarters for the promotion of the Games and the dispatch of government personnel to the organising committee.”