• Japan to keep stadium design despite cost, criticism


    TOKYO: Japan has decided to push ahead with the construction of a controversial and costly main showpiece venue for the 2020 summer Olympics, reports said on Wednesday, despite stringent criticism from architects. The sports ministry has reached a deal with two construction firms to build the new national stadium in Tokyo for an estimated cost of 250 billion yen ($2 billion), according to the Nikkei business daily. That marks a 90-billion-yen price rise since the sleek, futuristic design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid originally won an international competition in 2012, up from 162.5 billion yen, according to the Nikkei and the Asahi Shimbun.



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