Japan will host the 2020 Olympics
François Péladeau

A country struggling to cope with an ongoing nuclear disaster might not seem the obvious choice to host the Olympics.

But Japan on Sunday was awarded the right to host the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

How did Japan’s leaders win the support of the notoriously corrupt International Olympic Committee? In part by playing down the seriousness of the Fukushima disaster’s lingering effects. From The Guardian on Friday:

Hiroshi Hase, an MP and former Olympic wrestler, told reporters in the Argentinian capital that contamination from Fukushima was “not even an issue” for the health of people in Tokyo, located 150 miles south of Fukushima Daiichi.