The Summer Olympics will be held in Japan in the summer of 2020, a selection that was made in 2013. The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee will resign in June because investigators have uncovered a vote-buying scandal that swayed the members of the International Olympic Committee to vote for Tokyo over Madrid and Istanbul.
Tokyo and IOC members have short memories. Salt Lake City officials engaged in all types of vote-buying to get the 2000 Winter Olympics to Utah. Everything from shopping sprees to medical care to college admissions were used to win the hearts and minds of IOC members. Japan used a simpler strategy and just funneled $2 million through a consulting firm owned by a son of a former IOC member who then tossed his influence around with the current IOC members from Africa to win their votes to Tokyo.
AH, the lessons of history — there are few scholars when it comes to bribes.