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  1. Video of venues is available through the link.

     

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    Facilities for PyeongChang Games shown to media

    South Korean organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics have given members of the Japanese media a look at facilities being constructed for the Games.

    The Winter Olympics will open on February 9th next year. It will be the first time for the country to host the Winter Games.

    Organizers showed the journalists the stadium in Pyeongchang where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.

    The structure is about 90 percent finished. The seats for 35,000 spectators have almost all been installed. It is scheduled to be ready by the end of September, along with a nearby facility for medal-giving ceremonies.

    A high-speed railway linking Incheon Airport with venues in Pyeongchang and Gangneung is scheduled to open in December.

    Japanese media outlets were also shown Jinbu Station, which is closest to the venues in Pyeongchang. Organizers expect about 11,000 people per day to use the station during the Games.

    Journalists also got to see the athletes' village in Pyeongchang, one of 2 created for the Games.

    It can accommodate 3,600 people. Officials plan to sell the units as resort apartments after the Games.

    Organizers have been stepping up PR for the Games in hopes of drawing an influx of visitors from Japan.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170801_21/

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    Tokyo now accepting designs for 2020 Games mascots

    Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun accepting design entries for the Games' mascots.

    Acceptance of the Internet-only applications began at noon on Tuesday. About 200 people, most of them children, gathered at an elementary school in Tokyo for a commemorative event.

    They were joined by former pro tennis player Ai Sugiyama and Paralympic shooter Aki Taguchi. The athletes spoke of how mascots are important to the Games.

    The children said they want something unique because the Games are held only once every 4 years. They also said they want mascots with cute smiles that everyone in the world will love.

    Entries will be accepted through noon on August 14th.

    The winning designs will be selected in a vote by elementary school classes across Japan, and announced around March next year.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170801_27/

     

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    Compensation sought over death of stadium builder

    The family of a construction worker who killed himself in March has filed for compensation, saying his excessive workload caused him to suffer depression.

    The family's lawyer, Hiroshi Kawahito, says the 23-year-old man worked for a subcontractor of a project to build the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The subcontractor was doing ground improvement work for the new national stadium. The man, a first-year employee, was overseeing quality control.

    Kawahito says the man put in about 200 hours of overtime a month just before he committed suicide.

    The lawyer says the man apparently felt pressured over the need to finish the work by a deadline after a review of the construction plan caused a delay. He says that caused the man's depression.

    His parents applied for workers' compensation with labor authorities last week, claiming his overwork led to his death.

    The parents released a comment, saying they want no one to die from overwork like their son. They say companies should work to protect the lives and health of their workers.

    Kawahito says he also plans to ask the Tokyo Games organizing committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to improve working conditions. The man's employer says the company is aware of a lack of proper labor management that caused his long overtime. The company adds that it will review its work regulations.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170720_29/

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