The 2020 Olympics will be headed East. Tokyo has beaten Madrid and Istanbul to be the host of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

It will be Japan's first time hosting the Olympics since the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, and its first time hosting a Summer Olympics since 1964 in Tokyo.

Istanbul ran into problems because of its border with Syria and reputation issues after 36 athletes were tested positive for drugs. Spain had experience hosting huge international sporting events, but economic problems like having one in four adults unemployed hampered its $2 billion bid. The country's athletes have had doping accusations as well.

Tokyo stressed that it already had ¥400 billion dedicated to hosting the Olympics and it was a safe, technologically advanced city. Concerns over the leak of radioactive water from a Fukushima plant wasn't enough to prevent the Land of the Rising Sun from being the next host after Brazil.

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[via CNN]

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