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Tokyo has been chosen as the host city of the 2020 Olympics. The Japanese capital, which is the world’s largest metropolitan area in the world and counts more than 13 million inhabitants, has already hosted the Summer Olympics once before in 1964.

Tokyo was selected in a vote by the International Olympic Committee, with Madrid and Istanbul also in the running. Among the Japanese bid’s perceived plus points were a solid financial foundation and an excellent record in organization, although the bid leaders did have to fend off concerns over nuclear safety after the Fukushima incident following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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