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The 2020 stadium was not only expensive for Japan (versus re-using the classic field from 1964), but it also lacked the tradition and history of Tokyo's original National Stadium. If the 2020 OOC and other Japanese decisionmakers had at least fully salvaged the original cauldron (instead of tossing it out to another town) and incorporated it into the new building, that would have helped. But the architect of the replacement didn't even bother to have a design where a cauldron - gimmicky or otherwise - could have been accommodated.

 

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On 8/26/2022 at 6:35 PM, Olympics2028 said:

The 2020 stadium was not only expensive for Japan (versus re-using the classic field from 1964), but it also lacked the tradition and history of Tokyo's original National Stadium. If the 2020 OOC and other Japanese decisionmakers had at least fully salvaged the original cauldron (instead of tossing it out to another town) and incorporated it into the new building, that would have helped. But the architect of the replacement didn't even bother to have a design where a cauldron - gimmicky or otherwise - could have been accommodated.

 

The 1964 cauldron is right around the corner from the NEW Olympic Stadium.  It sits outside the Japan Olympic Museum, alongside the cauldrons from Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998.  Nothing was wasted. 

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See the new National Stadium in the bkgd.  And, of course, for 2020ne, there were two cauldrons: the show one at the Stadium lit by Naomi Osaka and, like Vancouver and Rio, the permanent outdoor one near the Ariake Arenas and waterfront.  

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Olympic bid-rigging investigation widens to ad agency Hakuhodo

Japanese prosecutors and a fair trade watchdog on Monday searched offices including the headquarters of major advertising agency Hakuhodo Inc. on suspicion of bid rigging for contracts related to test events for last year's Tokyo Olympics, just days after raiding another ad giant.

The latest searches, also covering Tokyu Agency Inc. and event production companies, were conducted as investigations related to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have expanded from a scandal involving the alleged receipt by a former games organizing committee executive, Haruyuki Takahashi, of 200 million yen in bribes from five companies.

On Friday, the prosecutors and the Japan Fair Trade Commission raided advertising giant Dentsu Inc., and premises linked to a former senior official of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and event production company Cerespo Co., after Japanese advertising agency, ADK Holdings Inc., reported to the watchdog that it had participated in bid rigging.

It is alleged that 26 open bids held in 2018 for the rights to plan 56 test events were rigged, with the amount of the contracts totaling more than 500 million yen ($3.6 million).

Prior arrangements are said to have included organizing committee members asking companies whether they were interested in taking part in the bidding, according to sources.

Date:2022/11/28

News source:Kyodo News

Link to this article:https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/11/0c075b444f79-olympic-bid-rigging-investigation-widens-to-ad-agency-hakuhodo.html

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