Japan plans to scale back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

Monday, May 18, 2015

Japan's sports minister has revealed plans to scale back the main stadium for the Tokyo summer Olympics as the government runs short of money and time.

Under the latest plans, a planned retractable roof won't be built in time for the 2020 Games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, Japanese media reports on Monday.

Hakubun Shimomura, whose ministry oversees sports, education and science, made the remarks in an exchange of views with Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe before the media.

Plans for the new stadium have been criticized by some prominent architects, who say the design is too big and expensive. It is due to be completed in 2019.

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