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Japan will host rugby's showcase tournament a year before the 2020 Olympics, which Tokyo has bid for again after losing out in the running for 2016.

If successful with its tender, the new-look National Stadium, located close to Tokyo's bustling centre, would double up as the main stadium for the rugby World Cup and Olympics.

"We are in talks with the stadium owners and Tokyo government about it being the venue for both the World Cup and the Olympics," Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Tatsuzo Yabe told Reuters.

"It will have seating for 80,000 to 100,000. We have to knock down the current National Stadium - it is old and only has a capacity of around 50,000."

Yabe said plans would include retractable seating, similar to the revolutionary Sapporo Dome, the hi-tech jewel in Japan's crown at the 2002 soccer World Cup with a 'floating' pitch.

"It will have seats which can be moved in when we need the track for the Olympics and back for ball games like soccer and rugby," Yabe said.

"It will cost around 100 billion yen ($1.31 billion). That would be the budget for it with the plan for construction to be completed by 2018."

Tokyo's National Stadium was built for the 1964 Olympics, the first to be held in Asia. It also staged the world athletics championships in 1991 and soccer's Intercontinental Cup from 1980 to 2001.

Japan's Olympic bidders had planned to construct a new stadium on Tokyo Bay for the 2016 Games, before the city lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voting.

The IOC, however, raised concerns about emergency evacuation with three sides of the stadium facing the sea.

Japan have plenty of options for rugby World Cup venues other than the tournament's main stadium with the 10 grounds from the 2002 soccer World Cup among possible candidates.

JRFU officials have also indicated their desire to host games outside of Japan for Asia's first rugby World Cup, with Hong Kong and Singapore among those reportedly in the frame.

"We may use 2002 World Cup soccer stadiums," said Yabe. "We have about 10 stadiums across Japan (we are considering)."

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A media reports of Japan

The following concepts were determined in the review session which examines the method of rebuilding of the National Stadium.

capacity: 80,000 people

Completion year: 2018

- An all weather type dome type stadium

- The roof of an opening-and-closing type

- Modernization of seats reserved for honored guests

- The base of the event of a sport and culture

- The shelter at the time of a disaster

Moreover, Prime Minister Noda also consented to rebuilding of the National Stadium.

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Towards the rebuilding the National Stadium, 2rd council has been held.

Council announced the basic plan of rebuilding, it was also decided to design public from home and abroad.

Overviewof the public offering will be announced early next week.

capacity: 5,4000⇒8,0000

track lane: 8⇒9

other:The roof of an opening-and-closing type

When the game of soccer and rugby, change the movable part of the stand in order to enhance realism.

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International Design Contest Launched to Remodel Kasumigaoka National Stadium


The Japan Sport Council, owners of the iconic Kasumigaoka National Stadium, today announced the launch of an international design competition to update and remodel the venue in preparation for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


In opting for remodelling rather than rebuilding, the Council aims to maintain the stadium’s role as a centre for sport, culture, and art in Tokyo while upgrading the hospitality services available and expanding its functionality. The successful design should balance the preservation of the venue’s important historical legacy with the addition of leading-edge amenities, in a very Japanese combination of tradition and innovation that will keep the much-loved facility relevant for plenty of years. The winner of the international design contest will be decided at the end of November this year.



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At a press conference in London today, Japanese officials and Olympic athletes announced details about the Olympic Stadium that Tokyo will have ready for the 2020 Games


The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will be the most advanced Olympic Stadium ever – and, at the same time, will be on the same site as the stadium built for the 1964 Summer Games. “This is the jewel in the crown of our venue plan,” explained Masato Mizuno, Vice President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, and Chief Executive of the Tokyo 2020 bid. “It’s a beautiful example of how Tokyo is bringing the values of Olympic Legacy in direct connection with the future.” As part of a complete remodelling, the Kasumigoaka National Stadium in central Tokyo will have state-of-the-art all-weather features, including an Olympic Games first: a retractable roof. In addition, the field will be natural grass, and suited to host a variety of sports, including athletics, rugby and football. An international contest was recently launched to solicit entries for the final design of the new stadium; the competition jury will be overseen by world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.



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Entry No. 12

UNStudio / Yamshita Sekkei Inc.



Entry No. 17

Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid (GBR)


Entry No. 24

TABANLIOGLU Architects Consultancy Limited Company

Ihsan Murat Tabanlioglu (TUR)


Entry No.26


Tsuyoshi Tane (FRA)


Entry No.32

Azusa Sekkei Co. Ltd

Fumihiko Sugitani (JPN)


Entry No. 33

Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Toyo Ito (JPN)


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