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Tokyo bid leader assures IOC members on Fukushima

Monday - 9/2/2013, 11:32am  ET

By STEPHEN WILSON
AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) - The leader of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics has written to IOC members, trying to reassure them that the city is "completely unaffected" by the leak of radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Tsunekazu Takeda says in the letter that life is "completely normal and safe" in Tokyo and the city's air and water are not affected by the leak from the crippled plant.

A copy of the letter, dated Aug. 27, was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The letter comes just days ahead of Saturday's IOC vote on the 2020 host city in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tokyo, long considered a slight favorite, is competing against Madrid and Istanbul.


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