TODAY

TODAY   |  September 09, 2013

Japan celebrates Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics win

The nation, still reeling from an earthquake and Tsunami that killed 15,000 people two and a half years ago, is celebrating the win of its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>> london was the home of the 2012 summer olympic games . the 2020 games will be held in tokyo . how is the world reacting? ann thompson is there. ann , good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah. you know, tokyo won the bid for the 2020 games by promising the international olympic committee that the competition would be in safe hands. tokyo 's theme for the game, discover tomorrow. that is boosting japan today .

>> tokyo .

>> to understand the reaction to tokyo winning the 2020 games, just remember what happened here two and a half years ago. the earthquake and tsunami that killed 15,000 people. now the nation on the cusp of an economic recovery has reason to celebrate. today the japanese stock market hitting a five year high. this woman sees the olympics as a sign of promise. she says since the earthquake and tsunami tourism has dropped. although it has picked up a little. she hopes more people will come and learn that tokyo is a great city. and when they come they will see wrestling at the games. it beat out squash and baseball and softball to remain in the olympics.

>> it is another statement to say that today is the most important day in the 3,000 year history of our sport.

>> an olympic sport since the ancient greek games. wrestling was dropped in february in an attempt to freshen the games. now in japan, the work begins. yet the leaks of radio active water at the fukushima plant that threatened the olympic bid remains. they promised the problem would not effect tokyo . this nation, host to two winter olympics and the summer games in 1964 , prepares to welcome the world again.

>>> the international olympic committee has one more big piece of business and that is to choose a success to to the president. that will take place tomorrow. savannah and matt.

>>> ann , thompson, thank you so