The Olympic curse: Tokyo man to be evicted a second time because of the Games

A Japanese man has already been relocated once to make space for olympic venues - now he has to do it again

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While much of Japan was ecstatic at news that the 2020 Olympics is to be hosted in Tokyo, sadly one man will find it hard to share in the joy.

Kohei Jinno has been told that he is to be evicted to make space for venues to be redeveloped in time for 2020 - just as he was when Tokyo hosted the Olympics for the first time in 1964.

That year Mr Jinno's home and business were torn down to make way for an Olympic park around the main stadium for the Tokyo Games.

The salesman's shop had to be emptied to make way for construction of the National Olympic Stadium in Kasumigaoka.

“I don’t want to see the Olympics at all,” Jinno told reporters. “Deep inside, I have a kind of grudge against the Olympics.”

The city plans to spend around ¥400 billion (£2.5 billion) on facilities for the games, including an athletes' village and media centres.