The International Olympic Committee choose Tokyo to host the 2020 Games instead of risking picks like Sochi and Rio.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reassured the IOC members on the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 Saturday in the final round of secret voting. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.
Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, tagged itself as the “safe pair of hands” at a time of global political and economic turmoil that clearly made an impact with the IOC.