Tokyo governor floats idea of using Athletes Village as hospital for coronavirus patients

During an appearance on a morning show on March 27, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike floated the idea of using the soon-to-be-completed Athletes Village in Harumi as a temporary hospital to house non-critical coronavirus patients. 

Koike met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 26 to request the national government’s full help in securing as many temporary beds as possible as the capital seeks to hold down a potential surge in coronavirus cases. A stay-at-home advisory for residents in Tokyo was issued by Koike on the weekend of March 28 and 29.

The Athletes Village (aka Harumi Flag) is due to be completed in April, with apartments in 21 buildings capable of housing 18,000 athletes. The recent postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics means this massive housing complex will sit empty for a year or more. 

After the Olympics, the apartments will be refurbished and converted into condos, with additional high-rises to be built afterwards. Off-the-plan sales began last year with over 900 apartments already under contract. The apartments were originally scheduled to be delivered to buyers from early 2023 onwards, but this could be delayed due to the rescheduling of the Olympics.  

Sources:
The Asahi Shimbun, March 27, 2020.
The Nikkei Shimbun, March 27, 2020.

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