The Yomiuri Shimbun

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Bicyclists make their way through Salt Lake City traffic. Officials are pushing to promote more walking and biking as the Wasatch Front population is predicted to double in coming decades.The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games intends to include the utilization of hydrogen energy in a basic plan for the Games, according to sources.

To take advantage of the 2020 Games as a trigger for the realization of a “hydrogen energy-oriented society,” the committee aims not only to spread the use of hydrogen as a next-generation clean energy source, but also to promote Japan’s environmental technology to the rest of the world, the sources said.

A number of fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen will be introduced to connect the Olympic Village and each venue for athletes. In addition, the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering adopting fuel cell-powered buses for the bus rapid transit system and other new types of public transportation systems to connect the area around Tokyo Station and the waterfront area along Tokyo Bay.

The metropolitan government also plans to use fuel cells as an energy source for the Olympic Village.

The hosts of recent Olympic Games have emphasized the importance of environmental protection as a key concept for their preparations for and management of the events. Japan is proud of its state-of-the-art technology. For example, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to be the first in the world to sell fuel cell vehicles commercially within this fiscal year. Read more