The completion ceremony of the National Stadium [Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo], the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, was held on the 15th. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Seiko Hashimoto Olympics, Governor Yuriko Koike of Tokyo, and architect Kengo Kuma attended.
The original design was withdrawn because of high costs. Mr. Abe said, “I think we had a lot of hard work so far. There were design changes along the way, but as a result of all your efforts in All Japan, we were able to reach today.” I thanked the people concerned.
Furthermore, “We must make the tournament open up the future of our country. I hope that a new base of sports completed in the new era, the first year of the Heisei Era, will mark the future of sports.” I expected it to be a “holy place”.
The National Stadium started construction in December 2016. It was completed on November 30 this year. The characteristic eaves used wood collected from 47 prefectures nationwide. Maintenance costs are ¥ 156.9 billion.