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    Tokyo to Host 2020 Summer Olympics

    Tokyo 2020 delegation celebrates as city is awarded Summer Games during 125th IOC session, Buenos Aires, Sept. 7, 2013.
    Tokyo 2020 delegation celebrates as city is awarded Summer Games during 125th IOC session, Buenos Aires, Sept. 7, 2013.
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    Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after beating Istanbul and Madrid in the final push for the coveted honor. The Japanese capital last hosted the Games in 1964.
     
    Madrid was eliminated Saturday in the first round of voting by the International Olympics Committee after final presentations in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires.  Istanbul fell in the next round.
     
    The race was tight, with all three cities carrying major risks.
     
    Civil war in Turkey's neighbor Syria presented concerns for Istanbul's bid, while Madrid is weighed down by financial troubles.
     
    The Japanese capital faced concerns about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
     
    Hosting the Olympics could be a huge boost for Tokyo. The honor brings in massive amounts of tourism revenue and creates an opportunity for a prominent place on the world stage.
     
    All three finalists had made Olympic bids before. This was the fifth for Istanbul, the third in a row for Madrid and the second in a row for Tokyo.
     
    Top officials from each country joined the final presentations to better each city's chances of hosting the world's largest sporting event. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Mariano Rajoy of Spain flew to Buenos Aires straight from the just-concluded G20 summit in Russia.
     
    The next summer Olympics will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    September 10, 2013 12:18 AM
    Yes, it can be said that China and Korea tend to link sports to politics.It is probably half because of envy to other's honor of holding international big events and half because of retaliation to unconfotable political actions from others.They should learn to think about sports separately from politics.I am sure none of the Japanese found fault with Seoul and Beijing olympic games.We all were delighted for neighbor countries to get honor of hosting international events.

    by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
    September 08, 2013 3:15 PM
    Congratulations, Tokyo!

    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    September 07, 2013 9:36 PM
    Thank you IOC for chosing us Japan. A lot of Japanese were awake till this early morning to see the result of our presentation. We have been eagering to welcome athletes from around the world and now in tne midst of huge delight. We asure that, with the help of this blessing and honor to be able to host 2020 Olympic games, we recover from national disaster in 2011 and offer safe and joyful event to all people in the world. I am sorry for Istanbul and Madrid to have lost this chance. But I am sure you will get honor before long. Thank you.
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    by: Samurai from: Japan
    September 08, 2013 10:46 PM
    Look this comments column! Chinese are posting cynical comments against Japans' hosting 2020 Olympic game, by even taking out an old story from the past drawer. Today, Chinese are again invading Japanese territorial water just to waste much money. Chinese should become cleverer not to waste money but to invest such money to improve its nationals' living level or to improve at least air pollution. Chinese people, you have much things to do by yourselves before blaming other countries.
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    by: Stanley from: China
    September 08, 2013 8:34 PM
    Congratulations. You must have done a lot to win to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games but you Japanese people should have done more to be responsible for what you did in WW2.
    Dont pretend to be you are innocent.
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    by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
    September 08, 2013 3:02 PM
    Congrats! But hope you can fix the radiative wastewater leaking problem before the events. Don't make international athletes eat your fish.
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    by: Anonymous
    September 08, 2013 1:56 AM
    congratulation japan earn the chance for 2020 Olympics. we're neighbor
    i'm from taiwan .the congratulation is from my soul deep really
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    by: NICK from: china
    September 07, 2013 10:15 PM
    Congratulation!l hope you will hold a beautiful Olympic game.

    by: Anonymous
    September 07, 2013 7:46 PM
    So

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