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Japan's PM would applaud Istanbul 2020 win

Updated: May 3, 2013, 1:34 PM ET
Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he would be "the first to applaud" if Istanbul is chosen to host the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo and Madrid are also bidding for the games.

"If Istanbul wins the right to host the Olympic Games, I will be the first to applaud it," the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Abe as saying. "I have no doubt that Turkey would be the first to applaud if Tokyo wins."

Abe appeared to be trying to make amends for remarks by the governor ...

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