Shinzo Government under Pressure to Build Main Venue for 2020 Tokyo Olympics by January 2020

Published Date : Oct 19, 2015

Shinzo Abe’s government is facing pressure regarding the construction of the new National Stadium by January of the year 2020, making the stadium to be used in time for the Olympic and Paralympic games to be held in Tokyo that year. However, it is highly uncertain if the target can be achieved by the desired time.

In a meeting held with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, at the United Nations headquarters on 27th of September, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the submissions from businesses for the completion of the projected construction work are being solicited with a goal of completing the work in a shorter time frame, by the end of January 2020. Thomas Bach said that Abe’s commitment greatly encouraged him. 

The initial projection of budget for the construction of the main venue of the Olympics saw vast fluctuations, from an initially perceived ¥130 billion to the eventual ¥252 billion cost. The project was scraped by the government owing to the huge criticism it saw from the public about the huge cost of the project. Thus a new design plan was set and the construction of it is expected to be completed by August 2020 and which is budgeted on an estimated ¥155 billion bill.

However, the International Olympic Committee strongly demanded that the date of completion of the main venue be brought forward by three more months so that the pre-Olympic tournaments can also be held and it can be ensured that there are no problems with the facility. 

In late August, the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, John Coates demanded in a meeting with Japan’s minister in charge for the Olympic Games, Toshiaki Endo, that the construction of the stadium should be completed by January 2020 at the most. If the construction does not finish by then and if there are any flaws in it, a risk remains that repairs would not be carried out in time