Japan premier to make final pitch


TOKYO, September 28- Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will push Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Summer Games at an International Olympic Committee meeting this week in Copenhagen, a senior official said Monday.TOKYO_SKYLINE_Some 100 IOC members will vote to choose the 2016 host — either Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo — on Friday, October 2 in the Danish capital.

"In a bid to do his best for a Tokyo Olympics in 2016, the prime minister has decided to personally attend the IOC meeting and make a final appeal to the IOC members," Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said.

Hatoyama’s visit to Copenhagen comes in the middle of a tight diplomatic schedule, just days after his visit to the United States and before a summit with Chinese and South Korean leaders in Beijing on October 10.

King Juan Carlos of Spain and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are expected to go to Copenhagen while US President Barack Obama is expected to send his wife, Michelle, to lobby IOC members.

Hatoyama became prime minister on September 16 after his centre-left Democratic Party of Japan scored a landslide election victory, ending more than half a century of almost unbroken conservative rule by the Liberal Democratic Party.