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  • Mr Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Minister of Olympic and Paralympic Games of Japan. Photo: Reuters
    Japan to start new Olympic stadium construction next year

    TOKYO — Japan will start construction of a new centrepiece stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next January or February, sports minister Mr Hakubun Shimomura said today (July 21). After crafting a new plan, including costs and functions needed, for the national stadium by this fall, Japan will choose a new design and

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    China sacks deputy sports minister ahead of Olympic decision

    BEIJING – A deputy sports minister who sat on China’s Olympics committee has been sacked, the government said on Thursday, following a corruption investigation by the ruling Communist Party. The news comes as Beijing enters the final leg of its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, though the bid panel says the scandal over

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  • 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
    Criticism mounts over stadium cost for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    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

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  • An event last year to bid farewell to Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium. The city is in dispute with the government over who should pay for the new stadium. Photo: REUTERS
    Tokyo faces a bleak future after 2020 Olympics

    TOKYO — Half a century ago, the Tokyo Olympics ushered in a golden age for Japan’s capital, as industrial prowess had made it the largest urban complex in history. Now, the Games are returning to mark the end of that growth. “This will be the final festival,” said Mr Yasunari Ueno, 52, Tokyo-based chief market

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