Tokyo gets 2020 Olympic Games with help from prime minister
BUENOS AIRES — Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and promised Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was "under control". The Japanese capital won what one insider had called a "least-ugly" contest by most effectively covering its blemishes. Tokyo won by a landslide, 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36, after Madrid was eliminated in a first round of voting.
There are no health-related problems until now, and nor will there be in the future — I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way." The plant’s operator has said hundreds of tonnes of radioactive water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean each day, and radiation levels have spiked. Abe’s government said this week it would spend almost half a billion dollars to try to fix the water crisis.
On that occasion, Abe’s grandfather, Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, led the bid to bring the Games to Japan. Olympic President Jacques Rogge described its as "a safe pair of hands".
Moreover, the Tokyo bid capitalises on the potential of the Asian continent, with its increasingly consumer-focused economies. "I would like to thank everyone in the Olympic movement and we will host wonderful Olympic Games," a beaming Abe told Reuters seconds after the result.