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Jul 1, 2015

IOC says Tokyo’s preparation ‘outstanding’, costs need watching

TOKYO, July 1 (Reuters) – The cost of venues for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will have to be carefully watched and managed despite previous cuts, but otherwise the Japanese capital’s preparations are “outstanding,” IOC Vice President John Coates said on Wednesday.

Japan said on Monday that the new National Stadium, the centrepiece for Tokyo’s second hosting of the Summer Games, will cost more than $2 billion, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed in May 2019, two months later than expected.

Jun 30, 2015

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate.

Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active nations, has suffered a recent spate of eruptions, including one that forced the evacuation of a southern island. In September, 63 people died when a peak crowded with hikers suddenly erupted.

Jun 29, 2015

Japan stadium to cost over $2 billion, stick with basic design

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on Monday.

The new stadium, which will replace a now-destroyed venue built for the 1964 Summer Games, has been beset by woes including sky rocketing costs, feuding over funding and criticism of the design as too grandiose for its intended site.

Jun 29, 2015

Olympics-Japan stadium to cost over $2 billion, stick with basic design

TOKYO, June 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on Monday.

The new stadium, which will replace a now-destroyed venue built for the 1964 Summer Games, has been beset by woes including sky rocketing costs, feuding over funding and criticism of the design as too grandiose for its intended site.

Jun 25, 2015

Japan’s Endo faces finance, feuding and stadium fuss

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan appointed its first Olympics minister on Thursday, naming a veteran politician to a cabinet post created just last month to guide the country through preparations for the 2020 Summer Games – and a host of thorny issues.

Though Tokyo won the games largely due to its organizational prowess, the last year has seen the rolling back of bid promises of a cosy, downtown event, ballooning construction costs and messy arguments between Tokyo and the national government over the tab for the new National Stadium.

Jun 25, 2015

Olympics-Japan’s Endo faces finance, feuding and stadium fuss

TOKYO, June 25 (Reuters) – Japan appointed its first Olympics minister on Thursday, naming a veteran politician to a cabinet post created just last month to guide the country through preparations for the 2020 Summer Games – and a host of thorny issues.

Though Tokyo won the games largely due to its organisational prowess, the last year has seen the rolling back of bid promises of a cosy, downtown event, ballooning construction costs and messy arguments between Tokyo and the national government over the tab for the new National Stadium.

Jun 24, 2015

No decision yet on Japan stadium, but original design in lead

TOKYO (Reuters) – No final decision has been made on Japan’s new National Stadium, the centrepiece for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but with an alternate plan judged “unrealistic” there are still no reasons to abandon the original design, an official said on Wednesday.

Construction of the new National Stadium has run into numerous problems, including sky rocketing costs and demolition delays that have prompted speculation it might not be finished in time, as well as feuding over who will pay what for it.

Jun 24, 2015

Olympics-No decision yet on Japan stadium, but original design in lead

TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) – No final decision has been made on Japan’s new National Stadium, the centrepiece for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but with an alternate plan judged “unrealistic” there are still no reasons to abandon the original design, an official said on Wednesday.

Construction of the new National Stadium has run into numerous problems, including sky rocketing costs and demolition delays that have prompted speculation it might not be finished in time, as well as feuding over who will pay what for it.

Jun 23, 2015

Japan PM Abe met with rare heckling at Battle of Okinawa ceremony

TOKYO, June 23 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe was heckled and met with cries of “Go home!” at a ceremony
marking the 70th anniversary of the bloody Battle of Okinawa on
Tuesday, an unusal outburst in conservative Japan at such a
highly choreographed event.

Residents of the southern island, which suffered Japan’s
only land battle in World War Two and lost a third of its
population, have long resented that they must also host tens of
thousands of U.S. troops and U.S. military facilities covering
18 percent of their island’s area.

Jun 19, 2015

Japan says hopes to resume whaling later this year, but hurdles remain

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan hopes to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic later this year, a top official said on Friday, despite a finding by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that Tokyo had yet to prove the kill was scientifically justified.

In April, an IWC panel of experts said it opposed Japan’s proposal for its Antarctic whaling program in the Southern Ocean because it did not demonstrate a need for “lethal sampling,” prompting Japan to submit additional information.