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- Japan’s then-education and sports minister, Hakubun Shimomoura, offered to resign over the cancellation of the first stadium design.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced architect Kengo Kuma as the victor of a second design competition for the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
- The previously finalized design had a lofty price tag of 252 billion yen ($2.1 billion), which came under heavy criticism.
- A new plan was needed after the design by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was called off due to ballooning costs of 265.1 billion yen.
- Earlier this month, the Japan Sports Council released two new bids, initially kept anonymous but widely believed to be the work of Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma, submitted in concert with leading Japanese construction firms.