Japan PM Abe apologizes for stadium fiasco

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday apologized for squandering billions of yen in public funds on plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium. Japan faces a bill for around 6.2 billion yen ($49.8 million) after Abe ordered the original plans to be torn up amid mounting public anger over costs. Abe rejected opposition calls for him to sack Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura over the scandal, however, saying: “We will fulfil our responsibilities by making sure the Olympics are a success.”

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