Tokyo breaks ground on new 2020 Olympics National Stadium

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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

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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.


Tokyo breaks ground on new 2020 Olympics National Stadium

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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.


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.


Japan OKs 1.5 billion contract for new Tokyo stadium

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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.