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Japanese officials suggest revising Olympic stadium plan

Japanese political leaders said Thursday the new main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is too costly and called for cost-cutting efforts to reduce the burden on taxpayers. The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ($2 billion) has nearly doubled from the initially planned 130 billion yen, and is a sharp increase from the 163 billion yen estimate last year. The Tokyo stadium shapes up as the world's most expensive sports stadium, more costly than the $1.6 billion MetLife stadium in New Jersey. The recent revelation of the numbers has triggered a public outcry in Japan and prompted calls for a review of the project. The bloated cost also goes against the IOC's...