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2020 Tokyo Olympics win seen boosting Japan infrastructure, recovery

Japanese PM says hosting the Olympics will have beneficial effects on infrastructure and tourism
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First Published: Sun, Sep 08 2013. 04 26 PM IST
Hosting the Olympic Games can create new jobs and boost optimism as Japan seeks to overcome the economic effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and a record debt that have been a drag on growth. Photo: Reuters
Hosting the Olympic Games can create new jobs and boost optimism as Japan seeks to overcome the economic effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and a record debt that have been a drag on growth. Photo: Reuters
Tokyo: Tokyo’s winning bid to host the 2020 Olympics may boost construction and tourism stocks and give a lift to consumer confidence, playing into Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive the world’s third-biggest economy.
“Olympics-related stocks are yet to fully price in the decision, even though they’ve already outperformed,” Hiroshi Fujimoto, a Tokyo-based fund manager at Shinkin Asset Management Co., which manages ¥638.9 billion ($6.4 billion) in assets, said by phone on 3 September. “In the short term the entire Japanese share market will get a boost from celebratory buying and expectations for the event’s economic impact.”
Hosting the games can create new jobs and boost optimism as Japan seeks to overcome the economic effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and a record debt that have been a drag on growth. Abe inherited the Tokyo Olympic bid when he won a landslide election in December, still capturing the prize may bolster his effort to drive the economic recovery by taming deflation and boosting consumer confidence.
“We’ve got a great chance to make Tokyo and Japan shine,” Abe said at a televised press conference. “I want to overcome 15 years of deflation. Hosting the Olympics and Paralympics will have good effects on a wide range of areas such as infrastructure and tourism.”
The government’s official estimate of the games generating an additional 0.3% of gross domestic product on a value- added basis is too modest, said Robert Feldman, head of Japan economic research at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co.
Stocks Soar
“Our rough view is that the impact could be at least similar to the UK, at around 0.7-0.8% of GDP over 7 years, or about ¥3-4 trillion on a value added basis, or about ¥6-8 trillion on a gross output basis,” he wrote in a 4 September report.
Japan’s capital, which staged the 1964 Summer Games, beat Madrid and Istanbul to win the 2020 host role, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in Buenos Aires. Okasan Securities Group Inc.’s Tokyo Olympics-related stocks index surged 45% this year, outpacing the 34% climb for the benchmark Topix index, which is the biggest gain among developed markets. The 79-member Okasan gauge includes companies in industries from construction and transportation to sports, tourism and retail.
‘Tokyo Resonated’
“Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset,” IOC president Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year term in office ends on 10 September, said in a statement. “All three cities were capable of staging excellent games in 2020, but in the end it was Tokyo’s bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership.”
Taisei Corp., a Tokyo-based builder, jumped 42% this year and Yomiuri Land Co., an operator of amusement parks and golf courses, soared 159%. Mizuno Corp., which sells sports goods, has climbed 41%.
The stock-market bounce may not last, Shinkin’s Fujimoto said.
“The market’s rally will be short-lived and outperforming stocks will be sold for profit-taking,” he said. “We have a long way to go until the Olympics actually take place.”
The Games would have an economic impact of about ¥2.96 trillion and create 150,000 jobs for Japan, according to an estimate from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee in June 2012.
So far Abe’s drive to end 15 years of deflation in Japan through monetary easing and fiscal stimulus has mostly benefited investors and large manufacturers as the yen dropped 16% against the dollar, boosting overseas corporate earnings and driving a stock market rally.
‘Significant Impact’
The plan has yet to translate into the higher wages needed to fuel the consumer spending required to sustain the recovery. An Olympic building boom could help change that.
“It’s going to be positive,” said Tadashi Ishii, president of Dentsu Inc., Japan’s biggest advertisement agency. “It’s going to boost infrastructure demand and the more significant impact on the economy will be brightening up people’s attitudes. The business climate is often related to attitudes.”
Tokyo is planning its biggest housing complex in 42 years to lodge athletes, a move that may benefit developers such as Shimizu Corp. and Mitsubishi Estate Co.
The ¥95.4 billion Olympic Village complex would occupy a 44-hectare (109-acre) parcel of land next to Tokyo Bay and would be financed by developers, Kenichi Kimura, who is in charge of the finances for the city’s bid at the Tokyo metropolitan government, said in an interview in July. Separately, the government plans to spend ¥153.8 billion for new construction and renovations at 11 sites, he said.
Shimizu gained 38% this year while Mitsubishi Estate, Japan’s biggest property company by market value, jumped 32%. Bloomberg
Isabel Reynolds, Keiko Ujikane and Mariko Yasu in Tokyo contributed to this story.
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