Tokyo should willingly spend approximately $14.85 billion dollars on the 2020 Olympics because they have the ability to re-use many of the facilities. Most cities that host the Olympics are then left with unused stadiums and structures, but Tokyo has such a high population with more than 13 million people that the facilities have a good chance of being re-used by organizations such as colleges or national sports teams, so it would not be a waste of money.
Japan has every right to spend that much on the Olympics because their economy is thriving and they can afford this luxury now. A lot of that spending will be for security as well, something sorely needed in the last few Olympics. We need to ensure that our athletes stay safe.
Isn't it Tokyo's choice if they want to spend an absurd amount for the olympics? I think it's foolish as most olympics tend to be money pits for cities and countries. In the end, it's their money to spend how they see fit. I feel sorry for the citizens, but Tokyo has the right to do it.
While I am sure that $14.85 billion is not as huge as it might sound, it still seems like an excessive percentage of the government's budget for a series of sporting events. I think that at least some of that money would be better spent on infrastructure, education and other things that would benefit the people of Japan.