Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and officials there are already preparing the city to host an influx of athletes--and bask in the global spotlight.
Japan is also using the Games as an opportunity to promote hydrogen fuel-cell cars.
Tokyo plans to spend 42.5 billion yen ($385 million) on fuel-cell vehicle subsidies and hydrogen fueling stations ahead of the 2020 Olympics--using the games to advance the Japanese government's plans to advance the use of hydrogen as an energy source.
The Japanese capital will build 35 hydrogen fueling stations, and is in negotiations with Honda and Toyota to get 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020, according to Bloomberg.
2016 Toyota Mirai
More than 80 percent of the cost of building these stations will be subsidized by the Tokyo city government.
Costs for business owners will be capped at 100 million yen (about $847,500) and smaller businesses may see the government foot the entire bill for stations on their property.
Tokyo-area residents will also be eligible for 1 million yen (about $8,500) in subsidies for fuel-cell cars--on top of the 2 million yen ($17,000) in subsidies offered by the national government.
That amount is more than triple the 950,000 yen ($8,136) offered for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car in Japan.
Officials are promoting these policies now because they believe the 2020 Olympics can be used to spotlight hydrogen technology. The games are also expected to attract new investment--creating opportunities to upgrade Tokyo's infrastructure.
Honda FCV Concept
It's far from the first time the Olympics have served as a venue for green cars.
For the 2012 London Olympics, BMW brought 4,000 low-emission vehicles--including hybrids, diesels, and plug-in electric cars--to the British capital to transport dignitaries and athletes.
There were also a handful of hydrogen-fueled London cabs, but these had to be ferried outside the city on diesel trucks to refuel after a station in central London shutdown--something Tokyo will hopefully avoid.
The Tokyo announcement comes shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for more-aggressive promotion of fuel cells.
After a recent test drive of the 2016 Toyota Mirai, Abe discussed construction of a national fueling-station network, and said the government would ease regulations relating to fuel cells.
Honda FCV Concept
He envisions a "hydrogen society" where fuel cells power homes and office buildings, as well as cars.
Abe and other officials hope turning to fuel cells will help reduce Japan's use of nuclear power, something the country as tried to do since the devastating accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011.
The country is reportedly paying 10 billion yen (roughly $84.7 million) per day to buy natural gas after the accident led to the shutdown of all of Japan's nuclear plants.