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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.

Jun 12, 2015

Tug of war, bridge among 26 sports bidding for Tokyo spot

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place after Games officials opened the door for new attractions at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The 26, which also include korfball, billiards, orienteering, bridge and chess, have applied for inclusion in the Games, Tokyo organizers said on Friday.

Jun 12, 2015

Olympics-Tug of war, bridge among 26 sports bidding for Tokyo spot

TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) – Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place after Games officials opened the door for new attractions at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The 26, which also include korfball, billiards, orienteering, bridge and chess, have applied for inclusion in the Games, Tokyo organisers said on Friday.

Jun 12, 2015

Organizers hope Tokyo stadium final design will be ready in July

TOKYO (Reuters) – The final design for Tokyo’s new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympic games, is currently expected at the start of July but could be delayed, Japanese officials said on Friday.

But they said the stadium would definitely be finished in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and that Tokyo has no intention of scrapping the current design and starting again from scratch, as some critics have suggested.

Jun 12, 2015

Olympics-Organisers hope Tokyo stadium final design will be ready in July

TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) – The final design for Tokyo’s new National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2020 Summer Olympic games, is currently expected at the start of July but could be delayed, Japanese officials said on Friday.

But they said the stadium would definitely be finished in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and that Tokyo has no intention of scrapping the current design and starting again from scratch, as some critics have suggested.

Jun 9, 2015

Japan minister says trouble-plagued stadium to be ready on time

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s sports minister promised on Tuesday that Tokyo’s new National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, will be completed on time and blamed a “lack of clear responsibility” for the structure’s raft of woes.

The new National Stadium has been hit by numerous problems, including skyrocketing costs and demolition delays that led to media speculation it might not be finished in time, prompting International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach to say on Monday he wanted Japan to settle plans for it soon.