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Tokyo Governor Vows 2020 Olympics Will Boost Japan

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Tokyo’s governor has returned from the IOC vote, promising that the 2020 Olympics will be a sports success and an economic boost to the nation.

Thousands of Tokyo residents crowded the plaza in front of City Hall on Tuesday to welcome Gov. Naoki Inose and members of the bidding committee. Tokyo was chosen as host Sunday, beating out Madrid and Istanbul. The Japanese capital last held the Olympics in 1964.

Inose said the games will be a chance to make new history for the nation, coming after years of economic sputtering, the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and the ongoing nuclear crisis that disaster touched off.

[Associated Press]

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