Preview of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium

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This file artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the Olympics, saying its too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. "The problems I see with the planned stadium all relate to the issue of scale," Maki said in a statement this week. (AP Photo/Japan Sport Council, File)

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Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects.

The 130 billion yen ($1.3 billion), 80,000-seat stadium, with an arching retractable roof, would be built on the site of the smaller 54,000-seat main stadium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It would dwarf one of Maki's nearby creations: the 1990 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
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