Tokyo man to lose home again to make way for stadium 東京男子兩度為奧運蓋體育場而失去家園

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 - Page 11

Kohei Jinno fans out the black and white photos of his family posing proudly in front of their central Tokyo home, a house they were forced to leave ahead of the 1964 Olympic Games to make way for construction of the main stadium.

Now Jinno, 80 this month, has to move again.

The public housing complex where he and his wife live, close to the stadium and the site of his former home — currently a parking lot — is slated to be destroyed as part of construction of a new stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which Tokyo won the right to host again earlier this month.

Jinno, who turns 80 this month, has no idea where he will move to, or when. He said two hundred families in the same complex, most of them elderly, face the same dilemma.

“I wish they wouldn’t have the Olympics in Tokyo again,” he said. “I can bear getting evicted if it’s just the once in a lifetime. But twice? It’s ridiculous.”