Tokyo has beat out Madrid and Istanbul in the final round of voting by the International Olympic Committee, and has been selected to host the 2020 Summer Games.
Tokyo last hosted the Summer Games in 1964.
Despite radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant in the northeast corner of the country, Japan's bid for the 2020 Games pitched the city as the safe choice. Tokyo's bid came in at $5 to $6 billion, compared to $19 billion pledged by Istanbul. Japan has already put together a $4.9 billion Olympic fund to pay to prepare for the Games, and a $1 billion national stadium that will be used for athletic events and the rugby World Cup in 2017 isn't considered an Olympic expense.
Had Istanbul been selected, Turkey would have been the first Muslim country to host the Games. With a median age of less than 30 years, it would have also been one of the youngest. Unfortunately, Istanbul's large bid would have been necessary to fund infrastructure improvements, including the modernization of its transportation system. The country's border with Syria may have also troubled some of the committee members.
Spain's bid for the Games was its third, and was the smallest bid of them all at just $2 billion. Madrid said that they had little need for new infrastructure, and ample sports experience having hosted major, high-profile international events before. Spain's economic situation, however, remained a major drawback, with one in four adults unemployed.