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Abe, dignitaries attend groundbreaking ceremony for Olympic stadium in central Tokyo

The Japan Times

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Tokyo on Sunday for the $1.5 billion new National Stadium, one of the sites for the 2020 Olympic Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries attended the event at the site of the demolished National Stadium, which was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. They placed their hands on a rotating glass sphere decorated with the pastel colors of the Olympic logo. The ceremony ended with a video replete with computer graphics showing how the stadium is expected to look like and function when it is completed in November 2019. Work on the stadium in central Tokyo fell behind schedule because the government abandoned the original design amid spiraling costs and complaints over its scale and appearance.


Tokyo breaks ground on new 2020 Olympics National Stadium

FOX News

TOKYO – Tokyo held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for a $1.5 billion National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries launched the construction at the site of the demolished National Stadium, which was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, by putting their hands on a glass sphere that rotated through pastels of the colors of the Olympic logo. The ceremony ended with a video replete with computer graphics showing how the stadium is expected to look and function once completed by November 2019. Work on the stadium in the center of the city fell behind schedule because the government abandoned the original design amid spiraling costs and complaints over its scale and appearance. Koike, Tokyo's first female governor, took office in July pledging to use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics.


Tokyo breaks ground on new 2020 Olympics National Stadium

U.S. News

This Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 aerial photo shows a white tent set at the site of the demolished National Stadium which was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo. Tokyo held a groundbreaking ceremony in the tent on Sunday, Dec. 11 for a $1.5 billion new National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries launched the construction at the site by putting their hands on a glass sphere that rotated through pastels of the colors of the Olympic logo.


Japan OKs 1.5 billion contract for new Tokyo stadium

U.S. News

Japan's government has approved a plan for a nearly 150 billion yen ( 1.5 billion) contract with a joint venture to build a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Officials on Friday said the stadium construction will begin in December, more than a year after an earlier plan was scrapped because of spiraling cost and an unpopular design. The Japan Sport Council, a government-funded organization operating the project, said the stadium is scheduled for completion at the end of November, 2019. An earlier design by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid had risen to 265 billion yen ( 2.65 billion), more than twice the forecast amount. The stadium delay is part of Japan's trouble-plagued preparations for the Olympics, underscoring widespread lack of cost-control.


Over the hump: Olympic workers complete wooden roof for New National Stadium in Tokyo

The Japan Times

The Japan Sport Council said Friday the wooden roof that will be the distinctive trademark of the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been completed. The roof of the New National Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympics and Paralympics, had been under construction since February last year. Fitting together the domestically produced wooden components with the steel framework was considered the most difficult part of the stadium's construction. The council said construction is on schedule, with the completion date set for the end of November. Workers have already installed some 28,000 of the 60,000 seats estimated to be used during the games.