Resolution backing the Olympic bid is passed by the Japanese parliament

Japan's parliament has given its full backing to Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

The country's upper house passed a resolution yesterday affirming support for the campaign. This follows a statement of support in the lower house on Tuesday.

Tokyo wants to provide a “compact” Games, with all venues within five miles of the stadium

Tokyo 2016 chairman Ichiro Kono said: “The backing of the upper and lower houses of parliament in Japan offers the Olympic and Paralympic family the complete assurance of passionate support and full guarantees for Tokyo 2016.”

If Tokyo wins the bid, it has promised to provide the most “compact” Games, with 95% of venues within a five-mile radius of the main stadium.