Tokyo 2020 Enjoying Higher Public Support

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TOKYO (AP) - A new poll by the IOC shows that public support for Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics has increased to 70 percent, up from 47 percent in May.

Tokyo bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda announced the new figures Tuesday on the second day of the IOC evaluation committee's visit to inspect the city's plans for the games.

IOC vice president Craig Reedie is leading the visit, which will be followed by trips later this month to Madrid and Istanbul, the other two bid cities. The IOC will select the host city by secret ballot on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires.

Tokyo's previous bid was hurt by low public support, but the figure is much higher this time thanks in part to Japan's strong showing at the London Olympics.