Tokyo Resident Loses Second Home To Olympics
Kohei Jinno was forced to move after the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games – and now the 2020 Summer Olympics are threatening his home.
Mr Jinno and his family were forced to move after Tokyo first won the Olympic Games in 1964, to make room for a new stadium.
Fifty years later, it has happened again.
“Fate has not been kind to me. It may be great fortune for the nation, but having to leave this place fills me with sadness,” he said.
The public housing complex where Mr Jinno lives with his wife is earmarked for demolition in preparation for the Games as the National Olympic Stadium is redeveloped.
The futuristic stadium designed by Zaha Hadid will seat 80,000 people and will replace the stadium used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1964 Games.
Mr Jinno, a tobacconist, ran a shop attached to his house before he was evicted ahead of the 1964 Games.
He lost his business and was forced to wash cars for a living to support his wife and two children.
In 1965 he moved into the municipal housing complex where he lives today and was able to reopen his shop.
But another Olympics means another move.
“It’s like they’re taking away the most precious thing I have after my family,” he said. “Because of the Olympics I’m going to lose the community I love so much, the friends that have kept me going so long.
“In their place I’m getting uncertainty, loneliness and pain.”
Mr Jinno, who turns 80 next month, said there are around 200 other families in the same position.
“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.”