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News Summary: Tokyo stadium said to be too big

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 12:36pm  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - OLYMPIC CLASH: A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it's too expensive and would clash with its surroundings.

SIZE, NOT STYLE: 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.

GREEN LIGHT: Both the Tokyo and national governments have already approved the $1.3 billion, 80,000-seat stadium, but construction isn't slated to begin until next year.

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