Tokyo Games chief: Will track foreign media by GPS

The chief of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee says journalists who come to Japan to cover the Games will be monitored for two weeks through GPS and other means.

Hashimoto Seiko made the remark at an organizing-committee meeting on Tuesday.

She said that along with the athletes, 78,000 people, including IOC officials and people from foreign media outlets, are expected to visit Japan for the Games. She said the strict monitoring is aimed at preventing visiting journalists from leaving designated areas.

Hashimoto also said journalists visiting Japan will be allowed to use only selected hotels and will be barred from staying at private lodgings or the homes of friends.

She added that the number of designated accommodation facilities for journalists from abroad will be reduced from 350 to about 150.