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Jul 22, 2015

Tokyo 2020 head expects IOC to welcome stadium decision

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee may well welcome Japan’s decision to scrap and completely revise plans for its controversial National Stadium since the move will save money, the head of the Tokyo games organizing group said on Wednesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week that he had decided to take the stadium plans back to square one in the face of growing public outrage over ballooning costs, as his support rates took a hit over unpopular defense bills.

Jul 22, 2015

Olympics-Tokyo 2020 head expects IOC to welcome stadium decision

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee may well welcome Japan’s decision to scrap and completely revise plans for its controversial National Stadium since the move will save money, the head of the Tokyo games organising group said on Wednesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week that he had decided to take the stadium plans back to square one in the face of growing public outrage over ballooning costs, as his support rates took a hit over unpopular defence bills.

Jul 17, 2015

Japan to scrap Olympic stadium plans, start over

TOKYO, July 17 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday the scrapping of a plan for a controversial national stadium, the centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after sky-rocketing costs sparked public outrage.

Anger over the stadium, the estimated cost of which had climbed to $2.1 billion, almost twice its expected cost when Tokyo won the bid for the Summer Games in 2013, had become a liability for Abe as he pushes unpopular defence bills through parliament.

Jul 17, 2015

Japan set to revise contentious Olympic stadium plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised on Friday to announce plans to revise the design of a controversial national stadium, the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, media reports said, after sky-rocketing costs sparked public outrage.

Anger over the stadium, the $2.1 billion price tag of which is almost twice estimates from when Tokyo won the bid for the Summer Games in 2013, has become a liability for Abe as he pushes unpopular defense bills through parliament.

Jul 16, 2015

Japan architect defends stadium plan as anger grows

TOKYO (Reuters) – The architect who oversaw the selection of plans for Japan’s new Olympic stadium defended the controversial design on Thursday, saying ballooning costs were not his fault even as the government appeared poised to consider cost-cutting changes.

Last month’s announcement that costs for the new National Stadium had surged to $2.1 billion, nearly double original estimates, set off a firestorm among the public, skeptical about spending so much when the country is still recovering from the 2011 disasters that left nearly 20,000 dead.

Jul 16, 2015

Japan architect defends Olympic stadium plan as anger grows

TOKYO (Reuters) – The architect who oversaw the selection of plans for Japan’s new Olympic stadium defended the controversial design on Thursday, saying ballooning costs were not his fault even as the government appeared poised to consider cost-cutting changes.

Last month’s announcement that costs for the new National Stadium had surged to $2.1 billion, nearly double the original estimates, set off a firestorm among the public, skeptical about spending so much when the country is still recovering from the 2011 disasters that left nearly 20,000 dead.

Jul 16, 2015

Olympics-Japan architect defends stadium plan as anger grows

TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) – The architect who oversaw the selection of plans for Japan’s new Olympic stadium defended the controversial design on Thursday, saying ballooning costs were not his fault even as the government appeared poised to consider cost-cutting changes.

Last month’s announcement that costs for the new National Stadium had surged to $2.1 billion, nearly double original estimates, set off a firestorm among the public, skeptical about spending so much when the country is still recovering from the 2011 disasters that left nearly 20,000 dead.

Jul 13, 2015

Japan cinema legend Miyazaki joins protests against move to widen military role

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan cannot use military strength to counter China, Hayao Miyazaki, famed director of the Oscar-winning film “Spirited Away”, said on Monday, as he joined a chorus of protest against a change in Japan’s security policy.

Miyazaki, 74, has long spoken out against war and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire for measures allowing broader use of Japan’s military, particularly in his final film, “The Wind Rises”, which earned him accusations of being a traitor.

Jul 8, 2015

Japan Olympics Minister says reports of illegal funds ‘completely groundless’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Olympics minister said on Wednesday a report that his political support groups had received illegal funds was “completely groundless”, while a top official said it would pose no problems for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.

The issue arises at a delicate time for Abe, who is trying to enact a sweeping change of security policy despite widespread public opposition, and also as outrage grows over ballooning costs for Tokyo’s hosting of the Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

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.