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Criticism mounts over stadium cost for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

This artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Photo: AP
This artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Photo: AP

This artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Photo: AP

TOKYO — Japan’s government is on the defensive as criticism mounts over the spiralling cost to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Newly appointed Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo acknowledged today (July 14) that the latest estimate of 252 billion yen (S$2.8 billion) represents a “substantial increase” from the initial estimate of 162.5 billion yen.

“I’m aware that many people are opposed to the plan, as public polls show,” he told a parliamentary committee, promising to explain the increase to the public.

Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from Mr Endo and other officials.

Education and Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura reiterated the government’s position that it’s too late to make changes, and still finish in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the first event scheduled for the planned stadium.

Source: Today Online

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