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Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

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9 September 2013 by Alex Stewart

Tokyo has won the battle to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, defeating Istanbul after Madrid was earlier knocked out of the running. The Japanese capital first hosted the event in 1964 and news of the return of the event to the city, making it the first Asian city to host the Games twice, were met with jubilant scenes.

The Japanese Prime Minister hopes that the win will help to kick-start the country's economy and translate into higher tourist and visitor numbers, which saw a decline in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake disaster that in turn triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. In response to the win, he announced that, 'We've got a great chance to make Tokyo and Japan shine', stressing that the country was safe and that visitors would be welcomed warmly.

The run off was meant to have seen one of the closest contests but ultimately the result was a landslide victory for Japan. Istanbul had struggled to secure support or allay fears over serious political unrest and disturbances in neighbouring Syria; the defeat was its fifth failed attempt to host the Games.

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