Tokyo Wants 2020 Olympics
Tokyo has been through a lot, but the mega-city is aiming high in the reconstruction department by vying for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo blew about $176 million on its failed attempt at winning the 2016 Games, but might have an edge this time around owing to tsunami sympathy.
Earthquake and tidal wave aside, if members of the International Olympic Committee sneak a peek at any manga, they might decide 2020 and Tokyo are a time and place best avoided. Just make sure they don’t see “Akira.” — PZS
WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
Candidates for 2020 must submit their bids to the International Olympic Committee by 1 September this year.
The host city will be chosen in Buenos Aires in September 2013.
Berlin, Busan, Cape Town, Doha, Rome and Istanbul are among the cities to have signalled an interest in bidding to stage the 2020 event.
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