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Tokyo Governor Casts Doubt on Daylight Savings for 2020 Olympics

  • Koike cites concerns about cost, social effects of shift
  • Japan mulling moving clocks forward two hours during Games
Yuriko Koike
Yuriko KoikePhotographer: Keith Bedford/Bloomberg

Tokyo’s highest official is casting doubt on government plans to institute daylight savings time in 2019 and 2020 to help manage the scorching heat during the Summer Olympics.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Monday that she was concerned about the expense and disruption of moving clocks forward by two hours during summer months for two years only. Koike told Bloomberg News that she also has heard apprehension expressed about the difficulty of introducing the measure in time for the Tokyo Games.